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Oklahoma prepares to use new drug formula for state's first double execution since 1937

Nathaniel Batchelder, with the Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty, places a sign protesting the death penalty on Gov. Mary Fallin's office at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Two Oklahoma death row inmates whose executions were delayed while they challenged the secrecy behind the state's lethal injection protocol are scheduled to die Tuesday in the state's first double execution in nearly 80 years. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)

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Nathaniel Batchelder, with the Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty, places a sign protesting the death penalty on Gov. Mary Fallin's office at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Two Oklahoma death row inmates whose executions were delayed while they challenged the secrecy behind the state's lethal injection protocol are scheduled to die Tuesday in the state's first double execution in nearly 80 years. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)

MCALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma is preparing to use a new lethal injection formula on two death row inmates who are scheduled to die in the state's first double execution since 1937.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner both are scheduled to be executed Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

It is the first time in nearly 80 years that two men have been executed on the same day in Oklahoma, although it has happened in other states since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. The last double execution was in Texas in 2000.

It is also the first time Oklahoma has used the sedative midazolam as the first in a three-drug combination.

Lockett and Warner had sued the state over the secrecy of its execution protocol.

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