Jury decides fate of a father and son convicted of killing a Tulsa bank guard

Tuesday, September 27th 2005, 2:44 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa County jury recommended death Wednesday for a man convicted of killing a bank security guard in a botched robbery attempt, and it said his son should spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the slaying.

Wade Lay, 44, and Christopher Lay, 20, were convicted Monday of murdering bank guard Kenneth Anderson in the May 24, 2004, robbery attempt at MidFirst Bank in Tulsa.

The jury deliberated about three hours before recommending death for Wade Lay and life in prison without the possibility of parole for his son.

Wade Lay testified during the trial that he planned the robbery to pay for a plan to seek retribution for the deaths of Branch Davidians during the 1993 standoff with federal officials in Waco, Texas.

Father and son were wounded when they exchanged gunfire with Anderson. The bank guard died from shotgun and gunshot wounds.

The jury had to choose either the death penalty, life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole.