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For the next 20 years, Debbie and her mother drove to the prison twice a year to oppose parole for both men. For the next 20 years, Debbie and her mother drove to the prison twice a year to oppose parole for both men.
On September 15th, 1975, Clayton Chandler was getting ready to close the U-Tote-M convenience store, along with worker Ina Morris, when Michael Selsor and Richard Dodson came in to rob it. On September 15th, 1975, Clayton Chandler was getting ready to close the U-Tote-M convenience store, along with worker Ina Morris, when Michael Selsor and Richard Dodson came in to rob it.
Picture of Michael Selsor. [Oklahoma Department of Corrections] Picture of Michael Selsor. [Oklahoma Department of Corrections]
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A Green Country family has waited nearly four decades for justice. Michael Selsor was given a death sentence for murdering Clayton Chandler in 1975. Selsor's execution is next week.

Chandler's family has been fighting for 37 years for this execution, waiting while Selsor had years of appeals and a second trial. Now that clemency has been denied, they're finally allowed to tell their story.

On September 15th, 1975, Clayton Chandler was getting ready to close the U-Tote-M convenience store, along with worker Ina Morris, when Michael Selsor and Richard Dodson came in to rob it.

They later told police they agreed ahead of time: leave no witnesses.

"He had a choice," daughter Debbie Huggins said. "He did not have to kill Dad; he did not have to pull the trigger."

After getting around $500 from the register, Selsor shot Clayton six times; he died on the floor. Dodson shot Morris in the head, neck and shoulder, but she survived. The two men were later arrested in California.

At the first trial, a jury found Selsor guilty and sentenced him to die. But the next year, the Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional and seven years after that, Selsor was up for parole.

"We thought our nightmare in hell was losing Dad, little did we know what was in store for us," Debbie said.

For the next 20 years, Debbie and her mother drove to the prison twice a year to oppose parole for both men.

"Every year you went before the parole board," Debbie said. "It took you back to the night he died, gut wrenching, the fear, the trauma, the feelings, they all come forward."

Selsor's many appeals paid off and he was granted a new trial 20 years after his first, but that jury also found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

More Than 36 years after Clayton Chandler was gunned down, Selsor is scheduled to die.

"No remorse, no I'm sorry, nothing but hate," Debbie said.

Debbie says she and her mother were not driven to fight all these years out of a sense of revenge, only by the desire to get justice for the man they loved and lost.

"My dad did not have a choice," Debbie said. "He's gone. Michael Selsor should pay the same price."

Both Selsor and Dodson had records when arrested for murdering Clayton. Plus, Selsor told police they'd committed four robberies before the one they weren't arrested for. In previous robberies, they stabbed the clerk and shot another with a shotgun.

Selsor's execution is next Tuesday.

02/15/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma AG Asks Court To Set Execution For Convicted Tulsa Murderer

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