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22-4013. Execution of death sentence. (a) It shall be the duty of the secretary of corrections or the warden designated by the secretary to proceed to execute a sentence of death in the manner prescribed by this act.

(b) Upon receipt of an order of the district court as provided by this act, the supreme court shall issue to the secretary of corrections a warrant under seal of the supreme court, commanding the secretary or a warden designated pursuant to K.S.A. 22-4001, and amendments thereto, to proceed to carry out the sentence of execution during the week designated by the supreme court. The week designated in the warrant shall be sufficient to enable the secretary to give notice as provided in subsection (c). A copy of the warrant shall be delivered to the secretary of corrections and the clerk of the district court. For purposes of this act, the term "week" shall mean the time period from 12:01 a.m. Sunday through and including 11:59 p.m. the following Saturday. If the week designated in the warrant commanding the execution of a death sentence begins on a day of the week other than a Sunday, or sets out a particular date for the execution, the secretary of corrections shall notify the clerk of the supreme court.

(c) The secretary of corrections shall carry out the execution commanded by the warrant issued by the supreme court during the week designated by the supreme court on a date selected by the secretary. The secretary shall give notice of the date selected by the secretary for the execution at least seven calendar days before the execution to the clerk of the supreme court, the clerk of the district court in which the defendant was convicted, the defendant, the defendant's counsel and the attorney general. The secretary may carry out the execution at any time during the date selected or as soon thereafter as the secretary deems appropriate.

History: L. 1970, ch. 129, § 22-4013; L. 1990, ch. 309, § 28; L. 1994, ch. 252, § 21; L. 1999, ch. 164, § 27; July 1.


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