Henry extends stay of Okla. execution

OKLAHOMA CITY  - Gov. Brad Henry has extended a stay of execution for an Oklahoma death row inmate while he wraps up his review of a clemency recommendation.

Henry announced the action on Thursday in the case of Richard Tandy Smith, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1986 drug-related shooting death of John Cederlund.

Smith was scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 8. Henry reset the execution date for May 4 and has now rescheduled it for May 25.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has recommended that the governor commute Smith's sentence to life in prison without parole. Of the six death row inmates recommended for clemency during Henry's term, he has commuted two death sentences to life in prison without parole.