OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state appellate court scheduled a June 1 execution date Tuesday for a 74-year-old death row inmate.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set the execution for John Albert Boltz, who was sentenced to death for the murder of his 23-year-old stepson 22 years ago, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.
Boltz was convicted of the April 18, 1984, murder of Doug Kirby, who was stabbed eleven times after he confronted Boltz about threats Boltz had made to Kirby's mother, Pat Kirby, Edmondson said. Pat Kirby had told Boltz she wanted a divorce earlier that day.
During his trial, Boltz argued he acted in self-defense. He said Kirby came to his Pottawatomie County home to confront him.