Oklahoma plans 7 executions in 6 months; 1st since 2015

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His first performance since is scheduled for October 28. The man who was to die – John David Marion, 60 – was originally due to be executed in October 2018, but his lethal injection was among those delayed by concerns about performance drugs.

Grant was convicted of the murder of a Gay Carter Prison worker in 1998 while serving sentences for four armed robberies. According to evidence submitted at trial, Grant dragged Carter into a small closet and stabbed her 16 times with a homemade knife after she removed him from a job in the kitchen at the Dick Conner Correction Center in Hominy. .

Jones’ execution is scheduled for November 18. He was convicted of the 1999 murder of Edmond’s businessman Paul Howell. Any switching ultimately rests with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who opposes the death penalty, said the state appeared to be in a rush to execute people after seven years.

“We have the opportunity to support the dignity given by God to every human person, to protect society and to seek justice for victims and their families using other means available to hold criminals to account,” Coakley said.

The other men whose death is foreseen are:

-Bigler Stouffer on December 9 for an attack of 1985 on his girlfriend’s ex-husband in Oklahoma City who left the man’s schoolteacher girlfriend, Linda Reaves, dead.

-Wade Greely Lay on January 6 for killing Amber Rogers, a Tulsa bank teller, in a heist in 2004.

-Donald Anthony Grant on January 27 for the fatal shooting in 2001 of the manager and receptionist of a Del City motel where he applied for a job the day before.

-Gilbert Ray Postelle February 17 for the revenge murders of four people in 2005 in an Oklahoma City mobile home park, including a man he blamed for hitting the motorcycle Postelle’s father was riding, leaving him disabled.

-James Allen Coddington on March 10 for the hammer murder of 1997 to Choctaw from a colleague Albert Hale, who had refused to lend Coddington $ 50 to buy drugs.

Jones has perhaps the most publicized case. He caught the attention of the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West and many professional athletes linked to Oklahoma, who have asked for leniency.

Jones, 41, has always maintained he was innocent of the murder and alleged he was set up by the real killer, a high school friend and former co-accused who was a key witness against him.

District Attorney David Prater of Oklahoma County, where the murder took place, and former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, said the evidence against Jones is overwhelming.

Information from the trial transcripts shows witnesses identified Jones as the gunman and placed him with Howell’s stolen vehicle. Investigators found the murder weapon and a scarf with Jones DNA in an attic above his bedroom, but Jones claims in his switching file that the gun and bandana were planted there by the actual killer.

“Given the execution date of November 18, we hope the governor will adopt the board’s recommendation and commute Julius’ death sentence,” Jones lawyer Amanda Bass said in a statement. written. “Oklahoma must not allow an innocent man to be executed.”

Terry Wallace, The Associated Press


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