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Death Penalty factbox #3

by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: February 9, 2014

Former Oklahoma Governor Lee Cruce (1911-1915) was an adamant abolitionist. He commuted the death sentences of 19 men.

Oklahoma has executed three women. One woman Brenda Andrews currently sits on death row.

Since 1915 Oklahoma has executed 4 men for crimes other than murder.

Before adopting the lethal injection method, Oklahoma hung one man and electrocuted 82.

Prior to statehood, the court of Judge Isaac C. Parker of the Federal District Court for the Western District of Arkansas sent 79 men from Indian Territory to the gallows.

It is not clear, but it is believed six men were hanged in Oklahoma between statehood in 1907 to 1915 when official records begin.

One four separate occasion the state has executed three people in one day.

In 1922 Steve Saba spent a mere 30 days in DOC custody before being executed. Today, the appeals process can keep an Oklahoma inmate on death row for decades.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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