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News Release

09/27/2012


Execution Date Requested for Garry Thomas Allen


OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt today filed a request for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for Oklahoma County death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen, 56.

On Sept. 26, a federal district court judge rejected Allen’s last minute claim that he could not be executed due to his alleged mental incompetence. The court then lifted the stay of execution it had previously issued.

Allen was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his fiancée, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, 24, on Nov. 21, 1986. Three days after Titsworth left Allen with their two sons, Allen confronted the victim outside of the children’s day care and shot her in the chest. He left, and then returned, shooting Titsworth three times in the back. When police found Allen in an alley, Allen fought with an officer, attempting to force the officer to shoot himself with his service weapon. The officer moved the weapon, causing the bullet to strike Allen in the left eye.

Pruitt asked the court to set the date “thirty days after Sept. 26, 2012, or the earliest date the court deems fit.” Allen was previously scheduled for execution on May 19, 2005 and Feb. 16, 2012.

“Garry Thomas Allen has exhausted all of his appeals in a court of law,” Pruitt said. “After a thorough review of this case, my office has concluded that the execution should be carried out.”

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