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Judge to hear arguments in death row inmates' case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ An Oklahoma County district judge has scheduled a hearing to determine if two death row inmates will get a temporary restraining order halting their executions.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Feb. 26 challenging a state law that says no one can disclose the drugs used in state executions. The inmates' lawyers say there is no guarantee the drugs to be used are pure and that the men could suffer needlessly before dying.

A hearing in the case is set Monday. A federal judge on Friday sent the case back to state court after the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office filed a petition to move it to federal court.

Lockett is scheduled to be executed March 20. Warner is scheduled for execution one week later.

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