Oklahoma's first execution in 9 months has been carried out. At 7:28 p.m. Thursday Night, the State of Oklahoma pronounced Charles Warner dead from lethal injection.
Warner, who was sentenced to death for the 1997 rape and killing of an 11 month-old girl, had his last minute appeal with the Supreme Court denied. Less than 90 minutes later he was pronounced dead.
A media witness to the execution, Sean Murphy, said that Warner offered a final statement before the execution saying, in part, that he apologized for the pain that was caused and said that he wasn't a monster.
This is the first execution in the state since the execution of Clayton Lockett which did not go as planned. Lockett's execution in April 2014 went wrong when one of his veins failed, the lethal drug was not injected directly into his blood and his death was drawn out rather than planned. Executions were suspended until an investigation into the process was conducted and changes were implemented.
According to media witness that were present at the execution, after Warner's microphone had been turned off, Warner said loud enough to be heard: "No one should have to go through this, I'm not afraid to die, we's all going to die."