Execution stay request for death row inmate

Tuesday, July 15th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate have filed a request with the US Supreme Court to stay his July 24th execution.

Jackie Lee Willingham was a traveling salesman sentenced to death for killing a woman who refused to buy some perfume.

His attorney, Fred Staggs, says jurors should have been given the option to convict Willingham of second-degree murder for what he describes as a crime of passion.

Willingham confessed to killing Jayne Ellen Van Wey in her Lawton office on December 20th, 1994.

The Supreme Court hasn't yet acted on the stay request.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recently recommended clemency for Willingham. The clemency recommendation has gone to Governor Henry for his consideration.