Execution Date Set for Alverson
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals today set January 6, 2011, as the execution date for Tulsa County death row inmate Billy Don Alverson. The attorney general’s office requested the execution date on Nov. 1 after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Alverson’s final appeal.
Alverson was convicted and sentenced to death for the Feb. 26, 1995, murder of 30-year-old Richard Kevin Yost during a robbery of the Quik Trip, 215 N. Garnett Street, in Tulsa. Yost was the store’s night clerk.
Currently, one other Oklahoma inmate is scheduled to be executed. Pittsburg County death row inmate John David Duty is scheduled to be executed Dec. 16. Duty was convicted of the December 2001 murder of Curtis Wise, 22. Wise was Duty’s cell mate at Oklahoma State Penitentiary. At the time of Wise’s murder, Duty was serving two concurrent life sentences for 1978 Tillman County convictions of rape and shooting with intent to kill and one life sentence for a 1978 Jackson County robbery conviction.