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Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:48:09 PM »
Bill Proposes Death For Molesters

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Repeat sex offenders convicted of raping a child 6 years old or younger would be eligible for the death penalty under a bill approved Monday by a House committee, despite a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a similar law was unconstitutional.

The bill by Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, was among a host of measures overwhelmingly approved by the House Judiciary Committee that either create new felony crimes or enhance existing criminal penalties.

Duncan, a former prosecutor who chairs the committee, said he believes the Supreme Court erred in its decision and that his proposed law could be upheld by the new members of the court.

"I think they did get it wrong," Duncan said of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision, "and I would not be surprised if other states revisit their statutes on this issue."

The Supreme Court decision came in a Louisiana case involving 43-year-old Patrick Kennedy, who was sentenced to death for the rape of an 8-year-old girl. The nation's highest court ruled the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violated the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

In the court's majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy concluded that in cases of crimes against individuals - as opposed to treason, for example - "the death penalty should not be expanded to instances where the victim's life was not taken."

At the time of the ruling, Oklahoma was among five states to explicitly permit such executions.

Duncan said the intent of his bill is to target child rapists who already have a previous conviction for a violent sex offense.

"If that's what the bill says, the bill is facially unconstitutional," said Randall Coyne, a constitutional law professor at the University of Oklahoma. "The court can change its mind, and it often does ... but I doubt the court would overturn so recent a decision."

State Rep. Ryan Kiesel, the lone opposing vote against the measure, said he agrees child rapists should be handed harsh penalties but questioned the wisdom of a measure that clearly violate a Supreme Court ruling.

"I think it would be a terrible waste of time and money for a district attorney in the state of Oklahoma to seek that punishment and then see that as an appeal issue and take a long time to wind through the courts, putting an additional emotional burden on the victims and their families," said Kiesel, D-Seminole.

Another bill passed by the panel would require couples to receive at least one hour of marital counseling before they could obtain a divorce in Oklahoma

http://www.koco.com/news/22510439/detail.html

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 10:02:20 PM »
House passes death penalty bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to force repeat child molesters to face possible penalties of life in prison or death.

The House voted 91-2 Monday for the bill by Rep. Rex Duncan of Sand Springs and sent it to the Senate for action.

Under current law, a child molester can face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for a first offense. Duncan's legislation will increase the penalty to include a maximum sentence of life without parole.

It would also allow repeat offenders to face life without parole or the death penalty.

Duncan says the death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst criminals. He says he believes people with a history of violently raping children fall into that category





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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 01:42:45 AM »
Bravo Oklahoma, excellent idea though I don't see this actually making it, it will be an appellate lawyers wet dream.


On a side note: I have often wondered this, what difference does the age of the victim make?
When a bullet is coming towards you or an ax is swinging down on you or a knife is slicing through you, does it really matter the age you are? At that point in time I think every victim is equal - they are all at the mercy of their attacker.  :'(


If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine

My reason for supporting capital punishment: My cousin 16 yr. old Amanda Greenwell was murdered in March of 2004 at the hands of serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones.

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Oklahoma Senate panel OKs death penalty for child rapists
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2010, 02:04:19 PM »
Senate panel OKs death penalty for child rapists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Legislature is pushing forward a bill to allow the death penalty for child rapists, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such a penalty is unconstitutional.

A Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill already approved in the House that authorizes the death penalty for anyone convicted of a second offense of raping a child age 6 or younger.

Senate author Anthony Sykes says he hopes the law might be upheld since the court makeup has changed since its 2008 ruling that a similar law in Louisiana was unconstitutional.

In that 5-4 decision, the court ruled the death penalty is restricted to murder and crimes against the state, like espionage and treason.

Legal scholars say it's unlikely the Oklahoma law would be upheld.


http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=431133

You're right Pam, it probably will not make it all the way through to become an aggravating factor for the death penalty, but hopefully it will result in longer sentences for child rapist!

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 01:19:00 AM »
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20100601_11_0_OKLAHO770598

Change in execution procedure allowed under bill sent to Oklahoma governor

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Published: 6/1/2010  9:22 PM
Last Modified: 6/1/2010  9:22 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill sent to Gov. Brad Henry’s desk would give the Oklahoma Department of Corrections more flexibility in carrying out executions.

House Bill 2266 also would put restrictions on whom the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System could represent.

Current state law directs the Department of Corrections to use “an ultra-short acting barbiturate in combination with a chemical paralytic agent.” The new legislation would strike the language specifying what type of drugs must be used.

The new language would give the DOC more flexibility to make changes to the execution protocol if medical procedures change or a court determines a problem exists, attorney general spokesman Charlie Price said Tuesday.

The state’s lethal injection method has been challenged and was upheld, Price said.

Oklahoma uses sodium thiopental to cause unconsciousness, vecuronium bromide to stop breathing and potassium chloride to stop the heart.

DOC Director Justin Jones said sodium thiopental is an older-generation drug that is in short supply.

Newer drugs are becoming available, Jones said.

Ninety-two state inmates, including three women, have been executed by lethal injection. The first was Muskogee County killer Charles Troy Coleman on Sept. 10, 1990.

Before that, 82 inmates were executed using electrocution.

McClain County death-row inmate Jeffrey David Matthews is scheduled for execution June 17.

HB 2266 also would prohibit district judges from appointing Oklahoma Indigent Defense System lawyers to represent criminal defendants who
post bail and get out of jail while their cases are pending, unless that representation is paid for out of the local court fund.

The measure would not affect Tulsa and Oklahoma counties, which have separate public defender systems.

Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, the House sponsor, said the measure would reduce the cost of legal services to taxpayers.

Duncan is running for district attorney in Pawnee and Osage counties.

Joe Robertson, OIDS executive director, said the bill is designed to reduce the agency’s caseload.

“Our caseloads have been climbing even though criminal filings are down,” Robertson said. “A larger percentage of the accused are indigent.”

The measure likely will not impact a requirement that the system provide adequate representation, he said.

“The court still has the authority to make an appointment, but it will be paid out of court funds rather than by OIDS,” Robertson said.

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau










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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 05:31:13 AM »
Lethal injection made its debut in Oklahoma 20 years ago

The killing got off to a late start.

Witnesses who'd gathered at the state penitentiary in McAlester expected Charles Troy Coleman to commence dying at 12:02 a.m. That's when the execution was set to start.

As the clock ticked toward a quarter after the hour, though, prison officials remained quiet. Some observers worried that something was amiss. Others wondered whether the Supreme Court had stepped in or whether the governor had issued a last-minute stay.

About 12:15 a.m., the dozen media witnesses were escorted into a viewing room. There would be a death that night, after all. Curtains opened, and Coleman, a murderer, could be seen inside the death chamber. He was lying on a gurney. A sheet covered his body, but his head was exposed.

The execution began 10 minutes later.

Art Cox, of the Enid News & Eagle, who witnessed it, described Coleman's end as a "very easy death ... a very cold death, very antiseptic." Warden James Saffle said Coleman died quickly.

Joe Ward, an investigator for the public defender's office who had come to know and like Coleman, perceived it differently.

"I saw him choke and gasp and struggle for air," Ward said. "It looked like he was choking to death. He looked over ... and mouthed the words, 'I love you.' Then he looked straight back up and started choking."

He was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m.

It was Sept. 10, 1990. Oklahoma had executed its first prisoner by lethal injection.

Over the next two decades, the state would employ the drug cocktail 91 more times, executing more people in that span than in the preceding 75 years. Three were women. Additional convicts are scheduled to die this year.

The federal government and the 35 states with the death penalty use lethal injection as the primary form of execution, and it has been used on 1,050 prisoners nationwide, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

But it — like the death penalty itself — has spurred ardent debate, and condemned prisoners continue to file appeals claiming that state-sanctioned drug deaths are unconstitutional and cruel.

Twenty years after Coleman's death, the method remains as controversial as ever.

'Most humane'

Coleman was the only Oklahoma convict put to death in 1990 and the first since James French was electrocuted in 1966.

The death penalty was suspended by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. The court declared in Furman v. Georgia that Georgia's death penalty system violated the Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment. The court's decision stopped executions nationwide and commuted the sentences of hundreds of condemned prisoners.

The ban didn't last. States changed their death penalty laws to avoid the constitutional problems cited by the court, and in 1977, Utah executed Gary Gilmore by firing squad.

That same year, Oklahoma became the first state to establish lethal injection as a method of execution. Dr. Jay Chapman, Oklahoma's first medical examiner, devised the recipe that still is used in most states today.

"The proposal was for three drugs," he said recently. "Some people have termed it a cocktail. It starts with an ultra short-acting barbiturate, which renders the individual unconscious, then the vecuronium bromide, which paralyzes, and then the third drug, potassium chloride, which stops the heart."

Lethal injection was developed as the "most humane" way to end life, he said.

"It could not be construed as cruel and unusual punishment since it is merely the extreme of procedures done daily around the world for surgical procedures," Chapman said. "It's simply an extreme form of anesthesia."

Condemned prisoners insist that Chapman is wrong.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center: "Those raising lethal injection challenges (both those executed and those stayed) are generally claiming that the drugs used in the executions cause extreme and unnecessary pain, and that the combination of chemicals masks the pain being experienced by the inmate from the sight of those administering the death penalty."

Some prisoners have had dramatic reactions to the drugs. In 1992, Oklahoman killer Robyn Lee Parks took 11 minutes to die. The Oklahoman's Don Mecoy, who witnessed Parks' death, wrote:

"Parks was blinking and nervously licking his lips when he gasped and violently gagged. His head jerked toward his right shoulder, turning away from the gathered witnesses as he lapsed into unconsciousness. He groaned as his girlfriend, Debra Sutton, cried out: 'This isn't real. This isn't real. Oh God, it isn't real.'"

Scott Carpenter, also a murderer, was executed in Oklahoma in 1997. Oklahoman reporter Tony Thornton wrote: "His body made 18 violent convulsions, followed by eight milder ones, before the life drained from him."

Most, however, slip quietly into unconsciousness and death, and state Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said he is unaware of any "major issues" resulting from lethal injections.

"We've had some occasions where they had more of a physical reaction to it, according to the witnesses, and we've had some issues with finding a vein at times, usually with intravenous drug users, but we've been able to resolve those," he said.

Legal challenges

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court validated the use of the three-drug cocktail but foresaw further arguments on the issue, the Death Penalty Information Center noted.

"I assumed that our decision would bring the debate about lethal injection as a method of execution to a close," Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in an opinion. "It now seems clear that it will not. ... Instead of ending the controversy, I am now convinced that this case will generate debate not only about the constitutionality of the three-drug protocol ... but also about the justification for the death penalty itself."

Most recently, a federal judge issued a 60-day stay of execution hours before Oklahoma prisoner Jeffrey David Matthews was to die on Aug. 17.

At issue was the Corrections Department's plan to use a different barbiturate than usual: Brevital, a form of methohexital sodium, instead of sodium thiopental. Manufacturing problems have caused a national shortage of the latter drug.

"We had it," Massie said. "I don't know if it expired or what, but when we had it tested, we weren't satisfied with the quality of it."

Defense attorneys argued that Brevital never has been used in executions and is not an acceptable alternative. The state said the drug meets the statutory requirement for an ultra short-acting barbiturate.

The Corrections Department now has obtained more sodium thiopental. The attorney general has asked the judge to lift the stay of execution. If the judge complies, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will set a new execution date.

http://newsok.com/lethal-injection-made-its-debut-in-oklahoma-20-years-ago/article/3492556



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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 10:12:24 AM »
Shortage of death penalty drug in Oklahoma delays executions

 
A nationwide shortage of a sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktails has delayed executions, spurred legal battles and prompted state prison officials to try to find substitute drugs.

The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, in Walla Walla, Wash. Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to die Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, for the murder of Holly Washa in 1991. If the execution is carried out, Brown will be the first person executed in Washington since 2001. AP Photo

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Shortage of death penalty drug in Oklahoma delays executions The problems will continue into next year, as the manufacturer of the sedative, sodium thiopental, won't have more of the anesthetic on the market until then.

In Oklahoma, the sedative's shortage could affect as many as four executions. One execution already has been stayed and another is scheduled but with a substitute drug. Further, the state attorney general's office is likely to request before 2011 that two more executions be set.

State prison officials already have twice planned to use alternative sedatives. The first switch announced last month caused a federal judge to stay an execution on the day the inmate was set to die.

In another case, officials announced last week the planned use of a different substitute drug, which could lead to another stay and a lawsuit. A federal public defender claimed the Corrections Department is arbitrarily making life and death decisions.

"They're making up their protocol based on what is available at the time," Oklahoma Western District Federal Public Defender Susan M. Otto told a judge. "We have no assurance what they plan to do today is what will happen."

State Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said the decisions are based on consultations with other corrections departments.

"There are people out there that can give you advice," he said.

Of the 35 states that allow the death penalty, nearly all use sodium thiopental as part of the lethal cocktail, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Late last month, Kentucky announced it would not be able to carry out two of three scheduled lethal injections because the state has only enough sodium thiopental for one. In Ohio and Washington a large overdose of sodium thiopental is the only drug administered during lethal injections.

While several states' laws indicate the drugs to be used during lethal injection, Oklahoma law calls for an ultra short-acting barbiturate without specifying a drug.

Oklahoma's protocol for lethal injection is for the sedative to be administered first, followed by a drug to stop breathing and then a drug to stop the heart. Up until last month, the usual sedative was sodium thiopental.

Hospira, based outside Chicago, is the sole U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental. The shortage occurred because of an issue with a third-party supplier, company spokeswoman Tareta Adams said.

"What we're dealing with is a supply issue of the active ingredient," she said. "From a sales point of view, it's not a big product for us."

The drug — manufactured and used for 60 years as an anesthetic agent for surgeries and other procedures — should be back on the market in early 2011, Adams said.

Sodium thiopental was to be used on Oklahoma death row inmate Jeffrey David Matthews until corrections officials learned the only dose had expired, according to court records.

Matthews, 38, was scheduled for lethal injection Aug. 17 for murdering Otis Short, 77, during a 1994 McClain County burglary.

A federal judge stayed Matthews' execution after his attorneys raised concerns about the substitute sedative. Prison officials later obtained a dose of sodium thiopental, but the judge said there could be other issues and kept an Oct. 15 hearing and would not lift the stay to expire on Oct. 16.

Two days before Matthews' stay expires, Donald Ray Wackerly II, 40, is scheduled to be executed for the 1996 murder of Pan Sayakhoummane, 51, during a Sequoyah County robbery.

Assistant Attorney General Greg Metcalfe told the judge the dose of sodium thiopental is earmarked for Matthews and the Corrections Department plans to use another sedative, pentobarbital, for Wackerly's execution. Veterinarians use pentobarbital for animal euthanasia and it is the legal drug for physician-assisted suicide in Oregon.

The judge noted Wackerly's right to file a lawsuit challenging the use pentobarbital. As of Friday afternoon, Wackerly had not filed a lawsuit.

Before the year ends, the state attorney general's office may ask the state Court of Criminal Appeals to set two execution dates, said spokeswoman Emily Lang. John David Duty faces execution for the 2001 strangulation death of his cellmate in 2001; and Billy Alverson faces execution for the 1995 fatal beating of a store clerk in Tulsa.


http://newsok.com/shortage-of-death-penalty-drug-in-oklahoma-delays-executions/article/3494371

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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011, 01:13:32 PM »
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=298&articleid=20110322_298_0_OLHMIY953219

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bill OKs substitute drugs for executions

By Associated Press

Published: 3/22/2011  2:15 PM

Last Modified: 3/22/2011  2:15 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma prison officials will have more flexibility to substitute the lethal drugs used to execute condemned inmates under a bill approved by a Senate panel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that authorizes the Department of Corrections to use a lethal quantity of "drug or drugs" to execute inmates. Existing law requires the department to use an ultrashort acting barbiturate in combination with a paralytic agent.

The state of Oklahoma had for years used the anesthetic sodium thiopental as the first in a three-drug cocktail to carry out the death penalty. But Oklahoma substituted pentobarbital last year after a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental.

DOC general counsel Michael Oakley says the department has no plans to change its current protocol, which has been upheld in court.
















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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 11:45:34 AM »
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/view/full_story/16001334/article-Oklahoma-group-pushes-for-repeal-of-death-penalty-?instance=home_news_lead

Oklahoma group pushes for repeal of death penalty

by Sean Murphy, Associated Press

1 hr 26 mins ago

© 2011 Durant Daily Democrat.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of religious leaders and academics cited Oklahoma's frequency in imposing the death penalty and the number of condemned inmates who have been exonerated as reasons Monday to halt executions in the state.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held a community roundtable at the Capitol as part of the 9th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

“Executions, regardless of the method used, are cruel and inhumane, and can and have gone wrong in many cases,” said Kenny Fikes, co-chairman of the coalition.

The Rev. Edward Weisenburger of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City said religious leaders have a responsibility to speak out against the death penalty.

“Human life, in all its stages, is sacred,” Weisenburger said.

Oklahoma has executed 96 inmates since 1976, putting the state third behind Texas and Virginia, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But when weighted for population, Oklahoma leads the nation in both executions and death row exonerations, said Susan Sharp, a death penalty researcher at the University of Oklahoma.

“We're the state with the highest per-capita execution rate and the highest per-capita wrongful conviction rate,” Sharp said. “There's something wrong with that picture.”

But there has been little support for abolishing the death penalty among Oklahoma's political leaders.

Trent Baggett with the District Attorneys Council said Oklahoma prosecutors are opposed to any effort to abolish the death penalty.

“They believe that while it's not appropriate in all cases, there are certain cases where the death penalty is appropriate,” Baggett said.

He also said prosecutors take death penalty cases very seriously and carefully scrutinize those cases for which they intend to seek the ultimate punishment.

“It's not something that's done willy-nilly and without a lot of thought and deliberation,” Baggett said.

Proponents of abolishing the death penalty acknowledge they face an uphill battle in the Legislature but said that won't deter them.

“I wasn't called to be successful. I was called to be faithful,” said Rev. Stan Basler of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. “I hope that the day will never come when we become silent just because the odds are against us.”
















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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2011, 02:34:57 AM »
So what's going on with this movement? Did it fail yet?

Just saw a case on forensic files. Anthony Sanchez who was convicted of murdering University of Oklahoma dance student Jewell "Juli" Busken.
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.

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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 01:15:10 PM »


People in Oklahoma are for the death penalty.  Just more antis blowing their horns, sticking their long Pinocchio noses in where it does not belong.
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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2012, 08:15:15 AM »
DOC officers fired in prison inmate's death

By CARY ASPINWALL World Staff Writer
Published: 11/5/2012  2:23 AM
Last Modified: 11/5/2012  7:21 AM

An inmate who died of smoke inhalation at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in July was left alone for more than an hour after officers first reported smoke in his cell and the prison's fire alarm was turned off at the time, records show.
 
Investigations revealed it took more than an hour to remove inmate Julius Parker's near-lifeless body from his cell after he set fire to his mattress about 1:30 p.m. July 28, according to documents obtained by the Tulsa World.  ;D
 
Parker, 26, remained alone in his cell as the fire smoldered until an emergency response team entered about 2:45 p.m. and attempted unsuccessfully to revive him.
 
As a result, at least four correctional officers at the maximum-security prison have been fired, two others have resigned and several policy changes have been made to improve safety and accountability, records show.
 
Larry Jiles, a security manager, received a report from a security officer about 1:50 p.m. that there was smoke coming from Parker's cell on H Unit, according to his Sept. 13 termination letter. The H Unit is OSP's maximum-security wing housing death-row inmates and violent offenders in long-term administrative segregation due to misconducts and escape attempts.
 
Jiles chose to end his shift and leave the prison grounds, instead of alerting anyone to the fire, records show.
 
"You took no responsibility as to what was happening during your tour of duty and left without reporting any information to your supervisors," his termination letter states.
 
He reportedly told investigators he didn't check on it "because inmates build fires to heat up coffee all the time. I didn't think it was that severe."
 
Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said officers noticed smoke in Parker's cell but "did not recognize the magnitude of the situation."
 
"When officers reported the smoke to the supervisors, the officers again did not convey the seriousness of situation - which delayed the response to the offender's cell," Massie said.
 
According to a prison incident report, Parker was removed from his cell after the 2:45 p.m. welfare check, placed in restraints and taken on a gurney to the prison's medical unit. Prison nursing staff started CPR to revive Parker, then an ambulance took him to a McAlester hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  :P
 
Parker was serving time out of Tulsa County for convictions on armed robbery and other charges.
 
Massie said he did not know whether functioning fire alarms would have made a difference in the outcome.
 
In addition to Jiles, the fired employees include correctional security officer David Willis, correctional security manager Beatrice Glover and safety consultant Jerry Hunt.
 
In Hunt's Aug. 27 termination letter, Warden Randall Workman notes investigators found the fire alarms had been tampered with, and Hunt misstated how recently they had been checked.
 
"When questioned, you stated that you had checked the alarms in the week previous to the incident. Upon checking you then stated it could have been 'two or three weeks.' In fact the tampering had occurred on June 24, 2012, which had been over a month before the incident. Failure to carry out inspections of these systems is a failure of our most basic mission to protect the public, the staff and the offender."
 
Attempts by the World to reach the fired employees for comment were unsuccessful.
 
A check of the fire alarm panel history found that the panel's last event was June 24, and then it was powered up July 28 - which meant required safety checks were not being performed. Safety reports issued after Parker's death note that Hunt failed to conduct monthly inspections as required by policy from January through July 2012.
 
A memo issued from the warden's office two days after Parker's death states: "Effective immediately, the status of Fire Alarm Systems at each location will be logged by each shift and any issues reported to the Shift Supervisor Any system found inoperable will be reported to the Duty Officer, Safety Officer and facility head with the fire watch initiated."
 
An Aug. 13 interoffice memo between DOC Deputy Director David Parker and Workman notes several inaccuracies in record keeping and policy violations in relation to inmate Parker's death.
 
Workman is currently out on medical leave. The employees who were fired have the right to appeal their termination through the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission.
 
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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2012, 11:51:40 AM »
December 19, 2012
Man sentenced to death for killings

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Blanchard man was sentenced to death Tuesday for the killings of a Dibble woman and her two children.

McClain County District Judge Greg Dixon followed the jury’s sentencing recommendations for Shaun Michael Bosse, who was convicted Oct. 29 on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson for the July 23, 2010, deaths of 25-year-old Katrina Griffin, 8-year-old Christian Griffin and 6-year-old Chasity Hammer.

Dixon sentenced Bosse, 30, to death on each of the murder counts, plus an additional 35 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the arson charge, the maximum penalty, Assistant District Attorney Lori Puckett said.

Bosse’s execution is scheduled for Feb. 28, but Puckett said that date will be postponed during an automatic round of appeals for the conviction and sentences.

Bosse, who did not testify in his own defense during his trial, said nothing before the sentences were handed down, Puckett said. Members of the victims’ family attended the sentencing hearing, she said.

Meanwhile, Bosse’s defense attorney, Gary Henry of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, said Bosse is hopeful he’ll successfully appeal his convictions and sentences.

“His spirits are good. He is actually pretty positive,” Henry said. “He’s hopeful that something comes from that.”

Henry said Bosse’s first round of appeals was filed immediately after Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that Griffin died from multiple sharp force trauma, while Christian died from multiple stab wounds. The medical examiner report says Chasity died from smoke inhalation and burns in the fire. Prosecutors said Chastity was thrown into a closet and a chair was used to block the door.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence showed the victims’ blood was on Bosse’s clothing. Scratches on his knuckles and arm and pawn tickets in his wallet indicated he hocked some of the nearly 140 items taken from the family’s home, according to prosecutors.

Henry argued there was no evidence Bosse committed the crimes.

Witnesses testified that a McClain County deputy visited the victims’ mobile home shortly before midnight the day before they died and that Bosse was there. But Henry said Bosse was observed in Oklahoma City the following morning and had been there for several hours when smoke was reported to be rising from the burning mobile home.

http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x983996528/Man-sentenced-to-death-for-killings
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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
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Okla. AG wants convicted killer's appeal dismissed

Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office is urging a Delaware County judge to dismiss the latest appeal of a man sentenced to life in prison for the death of a Missouri banker.

Shannon Wayne Agofsky was convicted in the death of Dan Short in October 1989. Prosecutors say Short was abducted from his northwest Arkansas home and taken to the State Bank of Noel, Mo., where he was forced to open the vault.

Short was then driven into northeast Oklahoma, tied to a weighted chair and dumped alive into Grand Lake near Grove. His body was found five days later.

Agofsky has filed a motion to set aside his murder conviction and life sentence. He is currently on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., for stomping another inmate to death.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/dec/28/okla-ag-wants-convicted-killers-appeal-dismissed/
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Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News
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Oklahoma death-row inmate dies of suspected natural causes

McALESTER — Authorities say a death-row inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has died of apparent natural causes.
Published: January 1, 2013

McALESTER — Authorities say a death-row inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has died of apparent natural causes.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 64-year-old Karl Myers was found unresponsive Friday in the medical unit at the prison in McAlester. The department says Myers pronounced dead a short time later.

A Tulsa television station reports that Myers was sentenced to death for the 1996 killing of Cindy Marzano of Broken Arrow.

Myers has been on death row since his 1998 conviction. He also served time in Oklahoma and Kansas for burglary, assault and rape before he was arrested in Rogers County for Marzano's death.

http://newsok.com/okla.-inmate-dies-of-suspected-natural-causes/article/3742302
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