Oklahoma carries out first execution since 2015, John Grant declared dead

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — UPDATE, 10/28/21, 4:23 p.m.: The State of Oklahoma has executed John Grant. Time of death listed at 4:21 p.m.

UPDATE, 10/28/21, 2:15 p.m.: The Supreme Court rules that John Grant may be executed today. The execution is scheduled for 4 p.m.


UPDATE, 10/28/21, 12:30 p.m.: Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to execute Grant and Jones.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will vacate the stay so that justice can finally be served for the people of Oklahoma, including the families of the victims of these horrific crimes,” O’Connor said.

If the Supreme Court rules that Grant’s execution can continue, he will be executed at 4 p.m. today.


The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked Oklahoma from executing death row inmates Julius Jones and John Grant.

Grant was scheduled to be executed on Thursday. The execution would have been Oklahoma’s first since 2015.

Grant has been on death row since 1998 for killing an Oklahoma corrections center employee.

Jones was sentenced to death for the 1999 killing of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. Jones has maintained his innocence, and he has a clemency hearing scheduled for next week.

Federal lawsuits have kept the state from carrying out executions. You can learn more about the lawsuit and the death row inmates involved here.

This is a developing story.