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A death row killer in the US state of Oklahoma has put in a massive order for his last meal request, including two burgers, crisps, cookies and half a gallon of ice cream.
John Marion Grant was sentenced to death in 1998 for the killing of Gay Carter, a member of staff at the prison where he was serving time for robbery, whom he stabbed 16 times.
He was due to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday but now a US federal court has put it temporarily on hold due to an appeal, the Daily Mirror reports.
It would have been the first death sentence carried out in more than six years in Oklahoma due to controversy over the lethal injections.
But now the execution has been put on hold over a challenge to one of the drugs being used in an ongoing federal lawsuit.
Grant is suing the state of Oklahoma over the use of the drug midazolam that has been used in high profile executions where there have been problems, as it is claimed it is not a strong enough sedative.
The state of Oklahoma said it would appeal to the US Supreme Court in a bid to carry out the execution as scheduled.
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Grant was due to be served up a huge final meal that is given between 5-7pm the day before the execution date, with a max cost of $25.
He requested two bacon cheeseburgers with onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and mustard, half a gallon of Neapolitan ice cream, a large bag of barbeque flavoured crisps, a large package of Nutter Butter sandwich cookies, and a 2-litre bottle of Mr. Pibb, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Grant has a lengthy criminal history, dating back to when he was 11 years old, having spent time in the juvenile system before going to the adult corrections system.
Defence attorneys said he grew up in a troubled and poor home, arguing that the state failed to provide him proper treatment.
Oklahoma had halted executions due to problems with the lethal-injection procedure for nearly seven years and having started again, under protocol, Grant would have been offered a mild sedative no later than four hours before the execution.
The state put executions on hold in 2015 with the decision coming after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in 2014 who took 43 minutes to die, and the 2015 execution of Charles Warner using the wrong drug.
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