Execution date sought for Ponca City killer

Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for an execution date for Oklahoma death row inmate Brian Darrell Davis after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal.
by Chris Casteel Modified: April 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013

— Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the state Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for Brian Darrell Davis after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the death row inmate's appeal.

Davis, 38, was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's mother, Jody Sanford, in November 2001 in Ponca City. He was given the death sentence for the killing and 100 years in prison for the rape. Davis has lost all of his appeals at the state and federal levels.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his convictions and sentences last summer, rejecting Davis' arguments that his attorney was ineffective and he was coerced into confessing to the killing by a police detective who called him a cold-blooded killer.

The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment on Monday, upheld the appeals court rulings.

Pruitt asked for an execution date 60 days from Monday or at the earliest possible date.


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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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