Oklahoma Inmate Refuses To Leave Cell For Clemency Hearing

Feb 28, 2014

A death row inmate set for execution next month is refusing to leave his prison cell to attend his clemency hearing before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr

Clayton Lockett was slated to appear via video hookup before the board on Friday to ask for clemency.

But officials say Lockett refused to leave his cell, so his lawyer asked the board to commute Lockett's death sentence. Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa.

Lockett is one of two inmates suing the state of Oklahoma to temporarily stop his execution until the origins of the execution drugs to be used in his execution are released by the state's Department of Corrections.