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Report: Stress levels high for double execution

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An investigation into April's execution that was halted midway through says stress levels at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary were raised because two executions were scheduled for the same day.

The report released Thursday by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were the first time since 2000 that two offenders were scheduled to die on the same day. Warner's execution was delayed after authorities halted Lockett's.

The report recommends that only one execution be scheduled a week.

The execution protocol was revised four days before April 29 to accommodate the logistics. The report also says prison warden Anita Trammell believed that caused extra stress for all staff.

The troubled execution led Oklahoma's governor to issue a moratorium until this review was complete.

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