Two executions set by Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
BY Associated Press
Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/12 at 5:14 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Two executions were scheduled by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday.
Garry Thomas Allen, 56, is scheduled to be put to death on Nov. 6 - the date of the general election. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 1986 shooting death of his fiancée, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside a children's day care in Oklahoma City.
Titsworth, 24, had moved out of the home she shared with Allen and their two sons four days before her death.
A police officer responding to a 911 call tussled with Allen before shooting him in the face, records show. Allen was hospitalized for about two months for treatment of injuries to his face, left eye and brain.
Last month, a federal judge rejected Allen's request for a hearing on his claim that he is mentally incompetent and ineligible for the death penalty. Allen has appealed that order to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The state appeals court also set a Dec. 4 execution date for George Ochoa, 38.
Ochoa was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the July 1993 killings of Francisco Morales, 38, and his wife, Maria Yanez, 35, in the couple's Oklahoma County home. Investigators say Morales was shot 12 times and Yanez 11.
Both executions will be by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Original Print Headline: Two executions slated in state, 1 on Election Day