State Court of Criminal Appeals denies stay for death row inmate

Friday, August 5th 2005, 6:23 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a Tulsa death row inmate's request for a stay of his August 11th execution.

The court Thursday also rejected Kenneth Eugene Turrentine's request to postpone his clemency hearing. The hearing's set today before the Pardon and Parole Board at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Turrentine is scheduled to be executed for killing his girlfriend in 1994 during a shooting spree in Tulsa.

He was convicted of the shooting deaths of his 39-year-old girlfriend, Anita Richardson, her 22-year-old daughter, Tina Pennington, and 13-year-old son, Martise Richardson. A federal appeals court later threw out convictions for the slayings of Martise Richardson and Pennington.