US Supreme Court decision will not affect any on Oklahoma's death row

Monday, January 26th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- None of Oklahoma's death row inmates will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider ending the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes.

A Corrections Department spokesman says all 103 inmates currently sentenced to death in Oklahoma were 18 or older when they committed their crimes.

States that allow execution of juveniles can only impose the sentence on those who were 16 or 17 at the time of offense.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Missouri man who has been condemned to death for wrapping a woman in duct tape and throwing her off a bridge when he was 17.

Two years ago, the same justices abolished executions for the mentally retarded.

Oklahoma has executed two inmates in its history who were under 18 at the time of their crimes.