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(NBC News) -- Oklahoma has agreed to a six-month delay in the execution of a man who was supposed to be put to death right after the botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett last month.

Charles Warner's original execution was called off amid the chaos in the death chamber on April 29, and the governor gave him a two-week reprieve.

Warner's lawyers demanded more time and in court papers filed Thursday, the state attorney general said he would not object if the court issued a six-month stay of execution.

"It is obvious Warner will not be executed May 13," the court filing said, citing the investigation of Lockett's death ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin has named her public safety commissioner head of the probe into the debacle, which has drawn international attention and sparked fresh debate over lethal injections.

Lockett, who was sentenced to die for shooting a young woman and ordering her buried alive, appeared to regain consciousness and writhe in pain during his execution, witnesses said.

It was halted but he died a few minutes later. Prison officials blamed a vein failure, but Lockett's lawyer has suggested the drugs themselves, obtained under a veil of secrecy, might have played a role.

Warner is on death row for the rape and murder of an 11-month-old baby.

A second inmate may also benefit.

Richard Glossip, who was convicted of orchestrating the killing of a hotel manager he thought was going to fire him, has lost his latest appeal, paving the way for the state to ask the court to set an execution date.

Normally, Oklahoma would ask for a date 60 days in the future, but in Thursday's filing, state lawyers asked that the court consider the status of the Lockett investigation, suggesting the execution would not happen until much later.

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