Stay denied for condemned killer

Friday, January 25th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a convicted killer's request to put off his execution next week.

The appeals court on Thursday ruled against John Joseph Romano, who is scheduled to die Tuesday.

Romano was condemned for the 1985 murder of Roger Joel Sarfaty, an Oklahoma City jewelry dealer.

Sarfaty was strangled and stabbed several times in his apartment.

Romano wanted a delay so he could seek DNA testing of fingernail and swab samples taken in the investigation.

Romano also received a death sentence for the 1986 robbery and murder of Lloyd Thomson in Oklahoma City.

Romano's co-defendant in Sarfaty's murder, David Wayne Woodruff, is set to die Thursday.