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December 18, 2013

Okla. executes man convicted in stabbing

McALESTER — Oklahoma on Tuesday executed a 48-year-old man convicted of the 1998 stabbing death of a horse trainer from Ringling.

Johnny Dale Black was pronounced dead Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Black was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing Bill Pogue, 54, during a roadside attack near the southern Oklahoma town that left Pogue with 11 stab wounds, broken ribs and punctured lungs. Pogue’s son-in-law, Rick Lewis, also was attacked. Lewis suffered more than a dozen wounds but later recovered.

At a hearing before the state Pardon and Parole Board last month, Black begged forgiveness for his actions. But he insisted that he was merely trying to defend his brother, Jimmy Black, from Pogue. The brothers had approached Pogue and Lewis after mistaking their car for that of someone else.

Witnesses to the execution included Black’s mother, his attorney and a spiritual adviser. Four members of the victim’s family also attended.

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