Update: Monday, November 3, 2014 11:20 am EST


Charles Frederick Warner was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma.  His execution has been rescheduled to January 15, 2015.  Forty-six-year-old Charles is convicted of killing 11-month-old Adriana Waller on August 22, 1997, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charles has spent the last 14 years of his life on Oklahoma's death row.


Charles' execution has been rescheduled to January 29, 2015, following a request from the Attorney General.  The delay was granted in order to allow the execution team to complete their training regarding the new execution protocol, which includes training on new equipment and new communication methods during the execution.


Shonda Waller and her 11-month-old daughter Adriana Waller, lived with Charles Warner and his three children, seven-year-old Charvon, five-year-old Vonita, and two-year-old Dasia. On the morning of August 22, 1997, Warner left around 7:30 am to go pay a traffic ticket. Shonda woke up around 8:00 am, and stayed in bed to play with Adriana, who appeared to be her normal, playful self. When Shonda changed her diaper that morning, she did not notice anything abnormal.


Shonda and Warner had planned to go grocery shopping that afternoon, however, Warner suggested that she go alone and he stay to watch the children. Shonda agreed and left around noon, returning around 2:30 pm. When she looked in on Adriana, she saw her lying in bed. Shortly thereafter, Shonda told Warner she wanted to get the telephone connected. Warner went to get Adriana and brought her out of the bedroom, saying she was not breathing.


Warner and Shonda rushed to the hospital, with Shonda performing CPR on the way. Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate Adriana. As the staff cleaned Adriana, they removed her diaper, noticing that there was bright red blood around Adriana's anus, as well as tears in the rectum. The injuries appeared to be recent. The staff stopped cleaning and called the police.


Adriana had a six-inch skull fracture, a broken jaw, three broken ribs, bruised lungs, and a lacerated liver and spleen. A forensic pathologist said that the injuries were likely caused between one and three hours before her death. Warner was questioned by police that night into the next morning, when he was arrested, charged, and eventually convicted of Adriana's murder.


Charles' execution was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014, but the execution was delayed until April 29, 2014, — immediately following the execution of Clayton Lockett that same night — when the pharmacy from which the Oklahoma Department of Corrections arranged to purchase the execution drugs unexpectedly backed out. Oklahoma then revised their execution policy, allowing for five different lethal injection methods of executions. 


Oklahoma planned to use a combination of midazolam, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride for the execution of Clayton and Charles, which was purchased from a non-compounding pharmacy.  Officials had difficulty locating a vein in which to insert the needle for Clayton’s execution, ultimately using a vein in his groin.  The needle was improperly inserted leading to the drugs collecting in the tissue rather than being distributed throughout the body.  Clayton eventually died of a heart attack. (Read Clayton’s story here.)  Following Clayton’s execution, Charles’ execution was postponed to allow the state time to investigate.


Since Clayton’s execution, Oklahoma has implemented a new execution protocol, which includes additional training for those involved in the execution, a better communication system, and advanced machinery to assist in locating a vein for use in execution.  The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office asked the Oklahoma Court of Appeals to reschedule the execution of Charles Warner, and Richard Glossip and John Grant who are scheduled for later this year.  The request was granted.


Please pray for peace for the family of Adriana Waller. Please pray for strength for the family of Charles. Please pray that Charles may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.