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Execution Date Sought for Oklahoma Inmate (Nov 22, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state attorney general's office has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for death row inmate Jeffrey David Matthews.

The request was made on Monday, three days after U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot denied claims by Matthews and fellow death row inmate John David Duty that the state's execution protocol is unconstitutional.

Matthews' execution has been stayed three times. It was stayed in August after defense attorneys objected to corrections officials' plans to substitute one of three drugs in the lethal injection protocol.

Matthews was convicted and sentenced to death for the January 1994 murder of 77-year-old Otis Earl Short during a robbery of Short's home in Rosedale.

Duty is scheduled to be executed Dec. 16.



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