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Oklahoma News

April 2, 2012

Group asks Fallin to reconsider clemency for killer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-death penalty group says a man scheduled to be executed next week is mentally impaired and wants Gov. Mary Fallin to reconsider clemency.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty wants Fallin to reconsider her denial of clemency for 56-year-old Garry Allen. The state Pardon and Parole Board in 2005 recommended the governor commute Allen's sentence to life in prison without parole.

But after reviewing the case, Fallin last month rejected that recommendation and ordered the execution to be carried out on April 12.

Allen's attorneys have argued he was mentally impaired when he shot and killed 42-year-old Lawanna Titsworth on Nov. 21, 1986, in Oklahoma City. They say his mental condition has deteriorated as a result of being shot in the head during a struggle with police.

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