Federal judge grants stay of execution to Oklahoma inmate
December 26, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has granted a stay of execution for a death row inmate who was scheduled to receive a lethal injection in March.
In his order last week, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot agreed to stay the execution of 49-year-old James Coddington. The order reinstates Coddington as a plaintiff in a case with other death row inmates who are challenging Oklahoma's three-drug lethal injection protocol. A trial in that case is scheduled to begin before Friot in February.
Coddington initially was removed from that case because he failed to select an alternativ...