The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday set a Dec. 17 execution date for a man convicted of killing a Ringling horse trainer in 1998.
Johnny Dale Black, 48, was convicted of the beating and stabbing death of Bill Pogue, 54, on Jan, 4, 1998.
Black and four others forced Pogue's sport utility vehicle off the road before beating and stabbing him and his son-in-law, Richard Lewis, who survived the attack.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the execution date after Black's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.
Black was also convicted of manslaughter in 1984 in the shooting death of Cecil Martin.