The Norman Transcript

October 12, 2012

Court sets execution dates

The Associated Press
The 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. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 1986 shooting death of his fiancee, 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.

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.

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

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.

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