AG seeks execution date for death row inmate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has requested an execution date for death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen.
Pruitt asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to set a date on Thursday, a day after a federal judge rejected Allen's request for a hearing on his claim that he is mentally incompetent and ineligible for the death penalty.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Russell ruled that Allen had not shown that a jury acted unreasonably when it found Allen sane enough to be executed. Russell also lifted a stay that postponed Allen's execution in April.
Allen entered a blind plea and was sentenced to death for the shooting death of his fiancée, 24-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, in 1986.
Allen's attorney, Randy Bauman, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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