Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Associated Press
Death row inmate Charles Lorraine, shown in this undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, was convicted of stabbing to death an elderly couple in Warren, Ohio, in 1986. The Ohio attorney general's office was preparing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to defend it's lethal injection procedures against a federal court decision that halted Lorraine's execution planned for this week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state's lethal injection procedures, arguing that minor deviations in policy don't mean the system is unconstitutional.

The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine says that, without Supreme Court action, Ohio is in danger of having dozens of executions delayed on a case-by-case basis.

The appeal filed Friday asks the court to let Ohio put to death 45-year-old Charles Lorraine, sentenced to die for fatally stabbing an elderly couple in Warren in 1986.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost halted Lorraine's execution on Jan. 12, saying the state failed to properly document the drugs used in its last execution in November and failed to review the medical chart of the inmate who was put to death.