Attorney General seeks execution date for death row inmate

Tuesday, October 7th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Attorney General Drew Edmondson asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Tuesday to set an execution date for Hung Thanh Le, who was convicted of stabbing a man to death.

Hai Nguyen, 34, was killed in his Oklahoma City home on Nov. 12, 1992. Le was Nguyen's guest. Nguyen's wife, Thuy, was also attacked, but she survived.

After the murder, Le took Nguyen's car and the key to his safe deposit box. After taking the contents of the box, Le went shopping and spent another night in Oklahoma City. He was arrested the next day.

"I see nothing that should stand in the way of this execution being carried out," Edmondson said.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Le's appeal.

Before requesting the death penalty in a case, the attorney general's office looks into whether DNA testing should be done.

"We have determined, after a thorough review of this case, that DNA testing would be of no value and would have no relevance as to actual innocence," he said.