- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has rejected the request of a death row inmate convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl to commute his sentence to life in prison.

The board voted 4-1 Tuesday against clemency for 46-year-old Charles Frederick Warner. Warner was convicted of rape and first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Adriana Waller, the daughter of Warner’s girlfriend. His execution is scheduled for March 27.

Warner, members of his family and the victim’s mother, Shonda Waller, all asked that Warner’s life be spared.

Warner and fellow death row inmate Clayton Lockett have sued the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to block their executions until more is revealed about the origin of the lethal injection drugs.

Lockett’s execution is set for March 20.


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