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Okla. Death Penalty Group Urges Halt to Execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group opposed to the death penalty is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to stop Tuesday's scheduled execution of a Kay County man convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother nearly 12 years ago.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is meeting at the state Capitol Monday and urging Fallin to grant clemency to 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis. The group also is planning a "pray-in" and demonstration on Tuesday, when Davis is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 earlier this month to recommend clemency for Davis after he took responsibility for the victim's death and apologized. It was the second time the panel has recommended clemency to Fallin, who rejected both.