A Plea for Clemency
The Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty is asking the Governor to commute the death penalty for a mentally-ill man set for execution next week.
The organization says 56-year-old Garry Allen was mentally-impaired when he shot and killed Lawanna Titsworth in 1986.
Wellston United Methodist Minister Adam Leathers says he sees similarities between modern day executions and one held 2,000 years ago.
“When we as a society call out execute him, how similar we are to a crowd that once cried out crucify him. When our leaders say it’s out of their hands to do anything about it how similar that is to a roman governor who once washed his hands of the situation.”
In 2005, the Pardon and Parole Board recommended commuting the sentence to life without parole, but Fallin rejected that and ordered his execution on April 12th.