Tulsa Death Row Inmate's Plea For Clemency Denied

Monday, December 16th 2013, 7:37 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has rejected clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

The board voted 4-1 Monday against commuting the death sentence of 38-year-old Michael Lee Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a Tulsa convenience store manager. Wilson's execution is set for Jan. 9.

Wilson was one of four men found guilty in the Feb. 26, 1995, beating death of 30-year-old Richard Yost. Yost was found bound and beaten on the floor of a QuikTrip store's cooler. Authorities say he was struck dozens of times with a baseball bat.

The QuikTrip is located at 215 North Garnett.

Two co-defendants, Darwin Brown and Billy Alverson have been executed for the crime.  Brown was executed in 2009 and Alverson in 2011. 

1/6/2011 Related Story: Inmate Executed For Murder Of Tulsa Convenience Store Clerk

A fourth man, Richard Harjo was sentenced to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.