Stay Of Execution Requested For Oklahoma Death Row Inmate

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 6:08 pm
By: News On 6

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has requested an execution date for death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen.

Pruitt asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to set a date on Thursday, a day after a federal judge rejected Allen's request for a hearing on his claim that he is mentally incompetent and ineligible for the death penalty.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Russell ruled that Allen had not shown that a jury acted unreasonably when it found Allen sane enough to be executed. Russell also lifted a stay that postponed Allen's execution in April.

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Allen entered a blind plea and was sentenced to death for the shooting death of his fiancee, 24-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, in 1986.

Allen's attorney, Randy Bauman, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.