Attorney General seeks execution date for death row inmate

Wednesday, January 12th 2005, 8:29 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- State Attorney General Drew Edmondson asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday to set an execution date for a man who killed his cellmate in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

John David Duty was sentenced to death for killing Curtis Wise.

Officials say the 52-year-old Duty persuaded Wise to be tied up to convince guards that Duty had taken Wise hostage. Once Duty tied up the 22-year-old Wise, he strangled the man with shoelaces.

Duty, who was serving time for rape, robbery and shooting with intent to kill, has requested the death sentence.

Edmondson asked the court to set the execution date for 30 days from Wednesday or as soon the court deems fit.