Two new execution dates requested

Wednesday, February 23rd 2005, 5:44 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Attorney General Drew Edmondson has requested execution dates for two men convicted in separate murders in Oklahoma County.

Edmondson has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set execution dates within 60 days for 48-year-old Garry Thomas Allen and 39-year-old George James Miller Junior.

Edmondson said he made the requests after the US Supreme Court denied the defendants' final appeals.

Allen was convicted of the November 21st, 1986, murder of Lawanna Gail Titsworth. Titsworth, the mother of Allen's two sons, was shot to death as she attempted to pick them up at a day care center in Oklahoma City.

Miller was convicted of the September 17th, 1994, murder of Gary Kent Dodd. Dodd was working as the night auditor at an Oklahoma City hotel when Miller stabbed him repeatedly, beat him with hedge shears and a paint can and poured muriatic acid down his throat.

Edmondson says his office had examined the cases to determine if DNA testing would be useful and found that it would have no relevance in determining the defendants' innocence.