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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs, Oct. 12

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs, Oct. 12
Modified: October 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

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Execution date is set for Allen

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday set Nov. 6 as the execution date for an Oklahoma County death row inmate who claimed he became insane while he was in prison. Garry Thomas Allen, 56, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his fiancee, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, 24, on Nov. 21, 1986. Three days after Titsworth left Allen with their two sons, Allen confronted Titsworth outside of the children's day care and shot her in the chest, authorities said. He left, and then returned, shooting Titsworth three times in the back. When police found Allen in an alley, Allen fought with an officer, attempting to force the officer to shoot himself with his service weapon. The officer moved the weapon, causing the bullet to strike Allen in the left eye. On Sept. 26, a federal district court judge rejected Allen's claim that he could not be executed because of mental incompetence. Allen was previously scheduled for execution on May 19, 2005, and Feb. 16.

Court sets execution for Ochoa

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set an execution date Thursday for a man convicted of killing an Oklahoma City couple in 1993. A Dec. 4 execution date was set for George Ochoa. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined last week to hear his case. Ochoa, 38, was sentenced to death for killing Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez in their Oklahoma City home. Both were shot multiple times while their children were in the house. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in Ochoa's 1995 trial, but a second trial the next year resulted in the death sentences. Ochoa's accomplice, Osvaldo Torres, also was tried and sentenced to death for the murders, but former Gov. Brad Henry commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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