U. S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma death sentences

On the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from four Oklahoma death row inmates. Oklahoma's attorney general asked for an execution date for one.
by Chris Casteel Modified: October 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm •  Published: October 1, 2012
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The court also rejected appeals from:

Gilbert Ray Postelle, who was convicted of killing James “Donnie” Swindle Jr., Amy Wright, Terry Smith and James Alderson in Oklahoma City on Memorial Day in 2005; Postelle was one of 10 people charged in the Memorial Day 2005 slayings and subsequent cover-up attempt.

Nicholas Alexander Davis, who was convicted of killing 17-year-old Marcus Smith in Oklahoma City in 2004.

Raymond Eugene Johnson, who was convicted in Tulsa County of killing Brooke Whitaker and her infant daughter in 2007.

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The high court Monday also refused to allow Bobbi Parker, the former prison warden's wife who was convicted of helping a convict escape, to file an appeal without paying court fees. The court gave Parker until Oct. 22 to pay the docketing fee and file a petition.


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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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