Oklahoma appeals court sets execution date for convicted killer, rapist

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set June 25 as the execution date for Kay County death row inmate Brian Darrell Davis, 38. He was found guilty in January 2003 for the first-degree murder and rape of his girlfriend's mother, Jody Sanford, 52, in November 2001.
Modified: May 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: May 4, 2013
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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set June 25 as the execution date for Kay County death row inmate Brian Darrell Davis. Davis, now 38, was found guilty in January 2003 for the November 2001 first-degree murder and rape of his girlfriend's mother, Jody Sanford, 52, of Ponca City. He was sentenced to death for the murder and 100 years for rape. Davis has lost all of his appeals at the state and federal levels. In November 2001, Davis was living with his girlfriend, Stacey Sanford. They had ended the relationship, but he refused to move out, prosecutors said. The night of the killing, Stacey Sanford stayed at a hotel after Davis had been drinking. Davis called her parents looking for her; Jody Sanford, unable to locate her daughter, went to her apartment. Prosecutors said while she was at the apartment, an altercation occurred between Davis and Jody Sanford. DNA evidence also showed she had been raped. Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested an execution date last month after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the final appeal for Davis.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU


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