Execution dates sought for Oklahoma's death row inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected final appeals, and Attorney General Scott Pruitt seeks execution dates for convicted killers from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stephens County
by Chris Casteel Published: October 8, 2013
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sought execution dates Monday for three death row inmates whose final appeals have been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ronald C. Lott, 53; Johnny Dale Black, 48; and Michael L. Wilson, 38, might be executed by the end of the year. Pruitt asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to set dates, though none of the executions could be held for at least 60 days.

Four men have been executed this year in the state.

On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court on Monday, without comment, rejected appeals from Wilson, Black and Lott.

Lott was convicted in 2001 of two counts of first-degree murder for the 1986 and 1987 choking deaths of Anna Laura Fowler, 83, and Zelma Cutler, 90. The women lived across the street from each other in Oklahoma City and were raped and killed four months apart.

Another man, Robert Lee Miller Jr., was convicted in 1987 of killing the two women; he served 11 years in jail and seven years on death row before being released in 1998 after DNA testing excluded him and implicated Lott.

Black was convicted in 1999 in Stephens County of killing Ringling horse trainer Bill Pogue, who was 54. Pogue suffered 10 stab wounds, broken ribs and two punctured lungs.

Wilson was one of four men convicted in the killing of Tulsa convenience store clerk Richard Yost during a 1995 robbery. Yost was beaten to death with a baseball bat in a back room while Wilson, a co-worker, waited on customers.

Wilson would be the third man executed for the crime. The fourth was given a life sentence.


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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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