AN OKLAHOMA death row inmate was denied a stay of execution.
Donald Grant is sentenced to death on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
Who is Donald Grant?
Donald Grant is an inmate on death row in Oklahoma.
He was arrested for the murder of two hotel employees during a robbery in 2001.
According to a petition to put an end to Grant's death sentence, he was not fit to hold trial until 2005.
Grant reportedly grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in and out of various foster homes.
He remains sentenced to death on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and was denied a stay of execution by a panel of judges earlier in the week.
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What did Donald Grant do?
On July 18, 2001, Donald Grant was accused of robbing a La Quinta Inn in Del City, Oklahoma.
Two women were murdered at the time of the robbery: Brenda McElyea, 29, and Felicia Suzette Smith, 43.
Donald Grant was 25 years old at the time of the robbery, according to the NY Post.
The women reportedly suffered both gunshot and stab wounds.
Grant was arrested after being found in New York by members of a US Marshals' task force.
"So I'm sitting in the house cleaning my gun with kill on my mind for whoever's a** is there," he wrote in a confession letter at the time, according to The Oklahoman.
Why was Donald Grant's stay of execution denied?
Donald Grant's attorneys argued that Oklahoma's current three-drug mix for lethal injections is unconstitutional, according to Newsweek.
On Monday, January 24, 2022, a panel of three judges in the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the motion to postpone Grant's execution date.
The panel of judges ruled the attorneys were unable to prove US District Judge Stephen Friot abused his discretion when denying the motion about the lethal injection drugs.
Judge Friot previously rejected the complaint around the drugs and said midazolam, a sedative used in lethal injections in Oklahoma, is reliable.
Attorneys at the time argued midazolam has a substantial risk of severe pain.
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