Pittsburg County jury to determine inmate's fate

Sunday, December 4th 2005, 6:47 am
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- A McAlester jury will decide in March whether a death row inmate who got a last-minute stay of execution should die.

Garry Thomas Allen was scheduled to die May 19th, but a district judge ordered a stay on May 18th after a doctor reported Allen had dementia caused by seizures and from being shot in the face.

A Pittsburg County jury will decide whether Allen is competent. If he is, a new execution date will be set. The judge set Allen's trial date after a status conference this week.