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Oklahoma Attorney General Seeks Execution Date For Convicted Killer
Posted: May 21, 2013 3:59 AM Updated: May 21, 2013 3:59 AM
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking for an execution date for a man convicted in the 1979 slaying of a woman in Tulsa.

Pruitt on Monday said in an appeals court filing that Anthony Rozelle Banks had exhausted his appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the day turned away a request by Banks for a hearing.

The 60-year-old Banks wasn't charged until 1997 when he and a co-defendant were linked by DNA evidence to the killing of 24-year-old Sun "Kim" Travis.

Travis was kidnapped from a parking lot in Tulsa, raped and shot in the head.

Pruitt asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date within 60 days or at the earliest date it deems fit.

http://www.newson6.com/story/22303959/oklahoma-attorney-general-seeks-execution-date-for-convicted-killer
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Grinning Grim Reaper

Ya gotta love Scott Pruett...the very same day the Supremes deny an OK scumbag he's there asking for an X date!  8)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

turboprinz

Denver appeals court rules against Oklahoma death row inmate
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Richard Glossip's claim of unfair trial after the 1997 murder of Barry Alan Van Treese, owner of the Best Budget Inn, 301 S Council Road.
Published: July 26, 2013

DENVER -- An appeals court Thursday refused to overturn the death sentence of a former Oklahoma City motel manager convicted of murder for directing the killing of the motel owner.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 against Richard Glossip's claim that he did not receive a fair trial for the 1997 murder of Barry Alan Van Treese at the Best Budget Inn, 301 S Council Road.

Judges of the Denver-based court, in a 71-page decision, stated that Glossip "received a fundamentally fair trial."

The motel's maintenance man, Justin Sneed, confessed to killing Van Treese, but said he did so at the direction of Glossip, who thought the motel owner was going to fire him.

The prosecutor, Fern Smith, said at the trial in Oklahoma County District Court that Glossip was more culpable than Sneed because Glossip "was the mastermind." Smith said Glossip persuaded Sneed that he could rob Van Treese of as much as $36,000, which he supposedly would have on him.

Sneed agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder and testify against Glossip in exchange for a sentence of life without parole.

Glossip claimed he didn't get a fair trial for at least five reasons, including alleged misconduct by the prosecutor, ineffective assistance by his attorney and improper victim-impact evidence.

http://newsok.com/denver-appeals-court-rules-against-oklahoma-death-row-inmate/article/3866063
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turboprinz

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirms murder convictions, death penalty in deaths of 5
August 07, 2013 - 7:28 pm EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma appeals court Wednesday upheld the death penalty imposed on an Oklahoma man convicted in the deaths of his wife and her four children 20 years ago.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder convictions and sentences given to Roderick Lynn Smith, 46, who was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder for the June 1993 deaths of his wife, Jennifer, and her four children. Smith admitted that he killed the victims.

In a 47-page decision, the five-member court unanimously rejected defense arguments that the Oklahoma County jury that sentenced Smith to death received inadequate legal instructions about his alleged mental retardation. The court ruled that a separate jury in Oklahoma County decided in March 2004 that Smith was not mentally retarded as defined by Oklahoma law.

The U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of the mentally retarded in 2002, ruling that executing mentally retarded individuals violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments. Among other criteria, Oklahoma law defines mental retardation as a person with an IQ of 70 or below who has "significant limitations in adaptive functioning."

Smith's attorney, Marva Banks of the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office, argued that the sentencing jury heard evidence about Smith's mental deficiencies, but the trial judge deleted directions about the relevance of the information from the legal instruction he gave jurors.

In spite of the 2004 judgment that Smith was not mentally retarded, Banks argued it was still appropriate to present evidence of Smith's alleged mental retardation at his sentencing trial. Banks did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on the appeals court's ruling.

The victims' bodies were found on June 28, 1993. Investigators said Jennifer Smith, 9-year-old Glen Carter Jr. and 7-year-old Ladarian Carter were stabbed to death. Shemeka Carter, 10, and Kanesha Carter, 6, were strangled, officials said.

Smith was originally sent to Oklahoma's death row in November 1994 when a jury returned five death sentences, punishment that was overturned in 2004 by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Another jury was convened in 2010 to determine punishment and imposed two death sentences for the deaths of Smith's two stepdaughters and sentences of life without parole for the deaths of his wife and his two stepsons.

The appeal is the second time the state appellate court has considered evidence of Smith's alleged mental retardation. In August 2003, the court remanded the case back to Oklahoma County District Court for a jury trial to determine if Smith was mentally retarded.

No execution date has been set for Smith. He is being held at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.


http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b40063ba375343e7914a877194c43515/OK--Oklahoma-Killings-Appeal
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turboprinz

Court reverses Tulsa County murder conviction of death row inmate
By Associated Press on Aug 26, 2013,

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal appeals court has reversed the first-degree murder conviction of an Oklahoma death row inmate convicted in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old woman 16 years ago.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Monday for 45-year-old Sterling B. Williams. A three-judge panel of the Denver-based court ruled that jurors at his 1999 trial in Tulsa County should have been instructed to consider convicting Williams of the lesser crime of second-degree murder, which is not punishable by death.

Williams, a door-to-door meat salesman, was found guilty in the murder of 22-year-old LeAnna Beth Hand, who died on May 14, 1997, after being stabbed with a butcher knife.

Williams was paroled from an Arkansas prison in 1996 after serving time for rape, kidnapping and other convictions.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Court_reverses_Tulsa_County_murder_conviction_of_inmate/20130826_14_0_OKLAHO116762?subj=298
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deeg

Based on the timeline, this loser was paroled and within a year murdered a young woman.  So much for the "they have changed" excuse for this POS.   Hopefully, Williams will be convicted, yet again for 1st Degree murder and sentenced to LI.
Even better, Oklahoma appeals to SCOTUS which overturns the 10th Circuit.

Dee
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Grinning Grim Reaper

SCOTUS denied Ricky Ray Malone's cert today.  I am betting that Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt is already knocking on the state supreme court's door asking for a date!  ;D
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Grinning Grim Reaper

And you can put Ronald Lott, Johnny Black and Michael Wilson in the same boat.  AG Pruitt doesn't let the grass grow under his feet.  I just hope OK has enough drugs to do them in!

Wilson was an accomplice in the beating death of a Tulsa convenience store clerk...Darwin Brown and Billy Alverson have already been snuffed for the crime.
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Execution dates sought for Oklahoma's death row inmates


The U.S. Supreme Court rejected final appeals and Attorney General Scott Pruitt seeks execution dates for convicted killers from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stephens County within 24 hours.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


By Chris Casteel   Published: October 8, 2013 

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sought execution dates Monday for three death row inmates whose final appeals have been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ronald C. Lott, 53; Johnny Dale Black, 48; and Michael L. Wilson, 38, might be executed by the end of the year. Pruitt asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to set dates, though none of the executions could be held for at least 60 days.

Four men have been executed this year in the state.

On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court on Monday, without comment, rejected appeals from Wilson, Black and Lott.

Lott was convicted in 2001 of two counts of first-degree murder for the 1986 and 1987 choking deaths of Anna Laura Fowler, 83, and Zelma Cutler, 90. The women lived across the street from each other in Oklahoma City and were raped and killed four months apart.

Another man, Robert Lee Miller Jr., was convicted in 1987 of killing the two women; he served 11 years in jail and seven years on death row before being released in 1998 after DNA testing excluded him and implicated Lott.

Black was convicted in 1999 in Stephens County of killing Ringling horse trainer Bill Pogue, who was 54. Pogue suffered 10 stab wounds, broken ribs and two punctured lungs.

Wilson was one of four men convicted in the killing of Tulsa convenience store clerk Richard Yost during a 1995 robbery. Yost was beaten to death with a baseball bat in a back room while Wilson, a co-worker, waited on customers.

Wilson would be the third man executed for the crime. The fourth was given a life sentence.

www.NewsOK.com

Scott Pruitt is my hero!  8)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Oklahoma City woman's killer loses final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the conviction of death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who killed Lisa Stanley in 1988

By Chris Casteel

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final appeal of death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who was convicted of killing a friend in 1988 in Oklahoma City.

Without comment, the court declined to review the conviction of Hogan, 52, who stabbed Lisa Stanley to death during an argument.

Hogan's first conviction for the murder was overturned in 1999, when a federal appeals court ruled that the jury should have been able to consider first-degree manslaughter as a verdict. His retrial in 2003 also resulted in a death sentence.

www.newsok.com

If you are looking for OK AG Scott Pruitt he is over at the OK Supreme Court asking for a date.  8)
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turboprinz

Death-row inmate claiming jury tampering is granted a hearing
Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 7:51 am, Fri Dec 27, 2013.



OKLAHOMA CITY —- An appeals court ruled Thursday that a death-row inmate deserves a hearing to examine allegations of jury tampering at his second trial.

Bigler J. "Bud" Stouffer II was convicted twice of first-degree murder and shooting with an intent to kill in a 1985 attack against his girlfriend's estranged husband, Doug Ivens, and Ivens' girlfriend, Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves. Ivens survived; Reaves was killed.

Each time he was convicted, Stouffer received the death penalty for Reaves' slaying and life in prison for the attack on Ivens.

An appellate court ruled in 1999 that Stouffer had received inadequate legal representation at his first trial and granted him a new one. He was convicted and received the same sentences again in 2003.

In an appeal, Stouffer alleges that during his second trial, he provided evidence to the court of improper external communication involving a juror and her husband and that the court improperly refused to allow an evidentiary hearing to determine whether it had affected the trial's outcome.

A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed and, on Thursday, ordered a new hearing to examine the allegations.

The court said that toward the end of the penalty stage of Stouffer's second trial, his attorney noticed the juror's husband in the courtroom, "laughing, joking, handshaking and embracing" with a former roommate of Ivens' who was sitting with Ivens' family.

A deputy responsible for escorting Stouffer during the trial later testified that he saw repeated nonverbal communication between the juror and her husband. The deputy said he saw the husband nod and wink at the juror during closing arguments and testimony during the penalty stage.

But the trial court concluded that the deputy's testimony and Stouffer's trial lawyer's observations were not credible evidence of improper juror communication. Instead, they constituted only "speculation," the appeals court wrote.

The court wrote that a hearing is required "to uncover the facts and circumstances of the contact ."

A representative of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/death-row-inmate-claiming-jury-tampering-is-granted-a-hearing/article_e6823150-6efd-11e3-9ea5-0019bb30f31a.html
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Grinning Grim Reaper

Oklahoma man charged with 'atomic wedgie' murder of stepfather


By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY  Wed Jan 8, 2014 5:46pm EST
 
(Reuters) - A 33-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged with killing his stepfather by giving him an "atomic wedgie," that caused the victim to suffocate on his own underwear.  :o

Brad Lee Davis was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Denver St. Clair in a drunken family fight at a residence just east of Oklahoma City, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office said in an arrest affidavit obtained on Wednesday.

Police arrested Davis on Tuesday. The affidavit said he "grabbed St. Clair's underwear and gave him an 'atomic wedgie.' Davis allegedly pulled the elastic waistband of St. Clair's underwear over his head and around his neck."

Oklahoma Medical Examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the cause of death was asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Deputy Travis Palmer said Davis and St. Clair were drinking beer on the night of December 21 at the older man's residence when St. Clair began speaking ill about his wife, who is Davis' mother.

Investigators said St. Clair's elastic waistband was stretched over his head and that it left ligature marks around his neck. Blood splatter was also found in the kitchen, the living room and on the living room ceiling.

Davis was being held in Pottawatomie County without bond. His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

www.reuters.com
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Naviator

Sounds like a life imprisonmemt case at most.  Two drunks in a fight, no pre-meditation, and intent to kill with an atomic wedgie will be impossible to prove (I have never heard of a death by similar means in the past, and everyone knows about atomic wedgies)..

Grinning Grim Reaper

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Final Appeals of Two on Oklahoma's Death Row


By Chris Casteel  Published: January 13, 2014 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final appeals of two men on Oklahoma's death row, including one who raped and killed an Oklahoma County infant in 1997.

Without comment, the court rejected the appeals of Charles Frederick Warren and Clayton Darrell Lockett.

Warren was given the death penalty after a trial in 2003 for killing Adriana Waller, the 11-month-old child of Warner's girlfriend. He was given a separate sentence of 75 years for raping the child.

Lockett was sentenced to death for his role in the 1999 killing of Stephanie Michelle Neiman in Perry.

www.newsok.com

Well boys you can bet your sorry asses that OK AG Scott Pruitt will seek an X date for both of you today!  8)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Told ya...

Execution dates sought for two convicted of murder in Oklahoma


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for execution dates after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the final appeal of two death row inmates

By Chris Casteel  Published: January 14, 2014 

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final appeals of two Oklahoma death row inmates convicted of murders and rapes.

Without comment, the court declined to hear appeals from Charles Frederick Warner and Clayton Derrell Lockett. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set execution dates for the men.

Warner, 46, was convicted in Oklahoma County of raping and killing 11-month Adriana Waller in 1997. The infant was the child of his girlfriend. Warner was given the death penalty for the killing and 75 years for the rape.  >:(

Lockett, 38, was one of three men who forced their way into a Perry home in 1999; some of the victims at the home were beaten, four were kidnapped. Stephanie Michelle Neiman, who was 19, was raped and killed and buried in a shallow grave in rural Kay County.

Lockett was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy, first-degree burglary, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of first-degree rape, four counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery by force and fear.

Both men could be executed within the next few weeks.

The state executed Michael Lee Wilson last week and is scheduled to execute Kenneth Eugene Hogan on Jan. 23. Two others, Johnny Dale Black and Ronald Clinton Lott, were executed last month.  8)

www.NewsOK.com
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