Oklahoma sets execution dates for 25 death row inmates through end of 2024

Oklahoma will resume executions on Aug. 25 and carry out lethal injections in stages through the end of 2024 under a schedule made public Friday morning.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set 25 execution dates for convicted murderers who have exhausted appeals of their convictions and sentences.

First up in August is James Coddington who beat a friend to death with a claw hammer in 1997. His attorney said in a statement Friday he “embodies the principle of redemption.”

“Prison staff have given him accolades for his problem-free record and commitment to serving the prison community and engaging in academic study over his 15 years on death row. James is the most deeply and sincerely remorseful client I have ever represented,” attorney Emma Rolls said.

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