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Oklahoma Prison Houses Two Women on Death Row

Lou Anne Wolfe Published: November 3, 1988

Oklahoma's female death row inmate population doubled this year from one to two with the arrival of a Kentucky inmate under the Interstate Corrections Compact.

LaFonda Faye Foster, 25, arrived in July at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in Oklahoma City after serving a little more than a year at a Kentucky medium-security facility, said Ed Conway, interstate compact administrator with the Kentucky Corrections Cabinet.

Foster received a death sentence for the 1986 murder of five people in Lexington, Ky., Conway said. Along with Tina Hickey Powell, 30, Foster was accused of shooting and stabbing the victims, then driving a car over the bodies.

Conway said Foster was placed at Mabel Bassett because Kentucky's only women's prison is geared toward minimum- and medium-security inmates.

"This one's a heavy-duty lady," he said. "She can control a population of women, and she would be like a man in a women's facility.

She was just an administrative problem."

Conway said Foster's criminal career began as a juvenile and she had been in and out of the Kentucky correction system since 1976.

Asked if Kentucky officials had trouble placing her, he said: "No question about it. We had a couple of possibilities, but this was the best deal all the way around for both party states."

As Foster was delivered to Mabel Basset, officials picked up for the return trip Timothy Weinmeister, 29, serving two life terms for first-and second-degree murder and 30 additional years for two first-degree manslaughter convictions and for carrying a firearm after committing a felony.

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