A 37-day stay was issued by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday in light of some questions surrounding the drugs that will be used to execute Richard Glossip, according to multiple reports.
CNN reports that Glossip’s execution has been rescheduled to November 6.
Glossip – who was sentenced to the death penalty in 2004 after he was found guilty of hiring someone to kill a motel owner – was reportedly scheduled to be put to death with the use of a new controversial sedative, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer.
His execution would have been the first time the new 3-drug cocktail was administered, CNN reports.
“Last minute questions were raised today about Oklahoma’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection,” Fallin said in a statement. “After consulting with the attorney general and the Department of Corrections, I have issued a 37-day stay of execution while the state addresses those questions and ensures it is complying fully with the protocols approved by federal courts.
While Glossip has been granted a little over a month, another prisoner in Virginia is awaiting his fate for similar reasons.
Alfredo Prieto, a convicted killer, is set to be executed on Thursday at 9 p.m., but a federal judge has ordered prison officials to hold off on execution until the court can decide if one of the drugs used in the lethal injection will cause unneccesary pain, The Washington Post reports.
A hearing has been schedule for 2 p.m. on Thursday and the execution could go on as scheduled.
It’s unclear if the drug being disputed is the same for both prisoners, but according to The Washington Post, Prieto’s attorneys said the drug caused unnecessary suffering during the recent executions of inmates in Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota.