The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has grated the request of Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond to extend the time between the executions of several death row inmates.
“I am grateful for the Court’s ruling,” Drummond said in a statement following the decision. “This decision will help maintain confidence in our protocol in this solemn and important process. The dedicated individuals of the Department of Corrections will continue their rigorous training and preparations for upcoming executions. As I have stated before, this was not a request I took lightly. Victims’ families have waited many years to see that justice is done, and I am thankful for their understanding.”
The court has decided to move the execution dates for the following inmates:
Richard Glossip has been reset for May 18, 2023
Jemaine Monteil Cannon has been reset for July 20, 2023
Anthony Castillo Sanchez has been reset for Sept. 21, 2023
Phillip Dean Hancock has been reset for Nov. 30, 2023
James Chandler Ryder has been reset for Feb. 1, 2024
Michael DeWayne Smith has been reset for April, 4, 2024
Wade Greely Lay has been reset for June 6, 2024
Execution dates for other inmates have not been confirmed, but the court will address them at a later date.