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Execution date is sought for Oklahoma death row inmate Gary Roland Welch

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from Oklahoma death row inmate Gary Roland Welch, one of two men convicted in a 1994 killing in Ottawa County.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: October 4, 2011

— The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate Gary Roland Welch, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt immediately sought an execution date.

Without comment, the high court declined to hear an appeal from Welch, one of two men convicted of killing Robert Hardcastle in the Ottawa County town of Miami in 1994. Welch and Claudie Delbert Conover were convicted of beating and stabbing Hardcastle to death on the side of a road, in plain view of passers-by.

Both received the death penalty, though Conover's sentence was later reduced to life without parole.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Welch's conviction and sentence in February; Welch appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pruitt filed an application with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals seeking an execution date in 60 days or on a date the court deems fit.

“Gary Welch has exhausted all of his appeals in a court of law,” Pruitt said. “After a thorough review of this case, my office has found nothing contradictory, and the execution of Gary Roland Welch should be carried out.”


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