MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 1, 2012

Execution date sought for death row inmate


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for George Ochoa

Ochoa was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the killings of Francisco Morales, 38, and his wife, Maria Yanez, 35. Investigators say Morales suffered 12 gunshot wounds and Yanez suffered 11 wounds in their bedroom on the morning of July 12, 1993.

Pruitt asked the appeals court to set an execution date for Ochoa, 38, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the inmate's final appeal.

Last week, Pruitt asked the appeals court for an execution date for Garry Thomas Allen, who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of his fiancée, Lawanna Gail Titsworth.