Capital Punishment

Oklahoma has no records for the drugs it’s soon planning to use to execute seven people. 

 

That’s what the state told Fred Hodara, a retired New York attorney who’s suing the Department of Corrections after it told him there aren’t any records around Oklahoma’s new lethal injection protocol. 

 

Man sues Oklahoma for records as state resumes executions

Oct 13, 2021
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired New York attorney is suing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, saying its claim to have no records pertaining to the drugs it plans to use in upcoming executions “defies belief.”

Photo from John Marion Grant's clemency packet.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board voted Tuesday to deny 60-year-old death row inmate John Marion Grant clemency.

Grant was convicted of the 1998 murder of Gay Carter, a kitchen employee at the prison where Grant was incarcerated.

Attorneys for the first man scheduled for execution in Oklahoma in six years have filed his petition for clemency.

John Marion Grant’s hearing before the Pardon and Parole Board is Tuesday morning. His attorneys contend he experienced extensive abuse and neglect at the hands of both his mother and state actors after being sent to juvenile institutions, places he ended up because he stole food and clothing to help his eight siblings.

Oct. 28 could be the date for Oklahoma’s first execution in years. 

 

60-year-old John Marion Grant is the first of seven men in line to be executed. Grant was sentenced to death for the 1998 stabbing and killing of 58-year-old Dick Conner Correctional Center employee Gay Carter.

 

Sarah Jernigan, the assistant federal public defender for western Oklahoma, said she hopes Grant’s clemency hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 in front of Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole board will go her client’s way. 

 

In a new motion filed Monday in the Western District Court of Oklahoma, prisoners who have tentative execution dates starting this fall are asking the court to reconsider its position on ‘medical experimentation.’ 

 

Capital punishment in Oklahoma has been on hiatus after a series of botched executions threw drug protocols into question.

 

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who might be able to help his client’s case but who would be prevented from testifying by a state law because his client’s appeals have been exhausted. 

Attorney Don Knight, who represents death row inmate Richard Glossip, testified before the House Public Safety Committee during a hearing about the future of the death penalty in Oklahoma.

[Aired on Monday, February 27th.] On today's show, we speak with Kelly Kurt, a former AP reporter and freelance writer here in Tulsa whose article, "Death's Yellow Door," is the cover story in the current issue of This Land.