Allen Execution Date Set for February
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Court of Criminal Appeals today set Feb. 16, 2012, as the execution date for Oklahoma County death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen, 55. Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the execution date on Dec. 28 after the Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the inmate’s final appeal.
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.
Allen’s execution date originally was set for May 19, 2005, but the execution was stayed after questions about Allen’s present sanity arose. A jury deemed Allen sane for execution, and the court denied his appeal.