MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 11, 2012

Appeals court sets dates for 2 Oklahoma executions


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Two death row inmates' execution dates were scheduled by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday, with one man set to be executed on Election Day.

Garry Thomas Allen, 56, is scheduled to be put to death on Nov. 6 — the date of the general election. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 1986 shooting death of his fiance', Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside a children's day care in Oklahoma City.

Titsworth, 24, had moved out of the home she shared with Allen and their two sons four days before her death. A police officer responding to a 911 call tussled with Allen before shooting him in the face, documents indicate. Allen was hospitalized for about two months for treatment of injuries to his face, left eye and brain.

Last month, a federal judge rejected Allen's request for a hearing on his claim that he is mentally incompetent and ineligible for the death penalty. Allen has appealed that order to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The state appeals court also set a Dec. 4 execution date for 38-year-old George Ochoa.

Ochoa was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the July 1993 killings of Francisco Morales, 38, and his wife, Maria Yanez, 35, inside the couple's Oklahoma County home. Investigators say Morales suffered 12 gunshot wounds and Yanez suffered 11 wounds.

Both executions will be by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.