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Oklahoma governor denies parole for convicted murderer

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, in a split vote, had recommended parole for Quincy Foster in July. He is serving a life sentence for the 1993 slaying of Deborah Dennis, of Chickasha, who was killed during a robbery that netted 24 cents.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: September 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm •  Published: September 30, 2012

The governor has denied a parole recommendation for a man convicted of the 1993 slaying of a Chickasha woman that occurred in her driveway during a robbery that netted 24 cents.

Gov. Mary Fallin late Friday denied parole for Quincy Foster. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 on July 19 in favor of releasing him; the governor received the recommendation last week.

Foster, 39, was sentenced to serve life in prison for the slaying of Deborah Dennis. He was convicted of first-degree murder, and jurors recommended a life sentence. The Grady County jury deliberated for more than 14 hours.

Dennis, 34, was killed as she and her mother, Louise Johnson, returned home from bowling one afternoon in April 1993. Foster demanded money and when the women could only offer 24 cents, he shot and killed Dennis, according to authorities.

Foster, then 19, was on the run for nine months until a call to the television show “America's Most Wanted” enabled law enforcement agencies to track him to Salt Lake City.

Foster's first trial for first-degree murder was declared a mistrial in December 1994. A second trial in March 1995 ended in a hung jury.

Two key witnesses to the killing backed out of a deal to testify at Foster's preliminary hearing despite a plea agreement.

Witnesses Siebert “Bolo” Jones and Freddie Johnson, both 20 at the time of the killing, later testified at Foster's first two trials; they refused to testify at his third one, but prosecutors were able to use their previous testimony.


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