Mental health officials ask Oklahoma to commute death sentence of Creek County man

Wednesday, March 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The National Mental Health Association has asked Governor Brad Henry to commute the death sentence of Scott Allen Hain.

Hain is scheduled to be executed April 3rd for a crime he committed when he was 17.

The association opposes executing people who committed their crimes as juveniles.

A March 31st clemency hearing has been scheduled for Hain. A spokesman for the governor says it's premature to ask for a sentence commutation before the state Pardon and Parole Board meet.

NMHA says Hain's childhood was marred by abuse from his parents and others and that Hain was influenced by an older co-defendant.

Hain was convicted of the 1987 deaths of Michael Houghton and Laura Lee Sanders. They were kidnapped in Tulsa, taken to Creek County and burned in the trunk of a car.