Death penalty opponents held a news conference at the state Capitol, pleading with the governor to commute the sentence. They argued that Davis deserved life in prison, not death, after he showed remorse. They also suggested that since Davis, who is black, was convicted by an all-white jury in Kay County that it wasn't truly a jury of his peers and there could have been bias.
“Gov. Fallin's refusal (to commute the death sentence) is indeed a cruel and empty mockery of fairness and justice,” said the Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, of Oklahoma City, who rallied with more than a dozen anti-death penalty ministers and activists. “In Oklahoma, black folks are routinely convicted by white folks and nobody seems to care.
“It absolutely wasn't a jury of his peers,” she said.
A Fallin spokesman released a statement Monday, saying that Fallin thoroughly reviewed the arguments and evidence presented in the case and “is satisfied that justice is being served in this case.”
Last week, the state executed 36-year-old James Lewis DeRosa for his part in the killings of a Le Flore County ranch couple in 2000.