"Governor denies clemency for Oklahoma death-row inmate," is by Cary Aspinwall for the Tulsa World.
Gov. Mary Fallin did not issue a stay of execution for convicted murderer Brian D. Davis on Thursday despite the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation for clemency.
Davis is scheduled to be executed June 25 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
The board voted 4-1 last week to recommend clemency for Davis, who was convicted in Kay County of raping and stabbing to death his girlfriend’s mother in 2001. Board members recommended that the death sentence be commuted to life without parole.
Clemency is rare in Oklahoma death-penalty cases: Only four death-row inmates have been granted clemency in Oklahoma since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. It has executed 103 people during that time, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Gov. Lee Cruce was one of the only Oklahoma governors to grant clemency broadly — he commuted every death sentence imposed during his administration from 1911-1915.
Gov. Brad Henry commuted the sentences of three death-row inmates — Osbaldo Torres, Kevin Young and Richard Tandy Smith — during his eight years in office.
Henry was concerned about disparate sentencing and said that after reviewing the facts of the three cases, he determined that life without parole was a more appropriate sentence for each inmate.
In 2001, Gov. Frank Keating granted clemency to death-row inmate Phillip Dewitt Smith, saying he had doubts about Smith’s guilt.
AP coverage is, "Okla. gov. rejects clemency for death row inmate," by Tim Talley. It's via the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gov. Mary Fallin rejected Thursday the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's recommendation that she commute the death sentence of Brian Darrell Davis, who is scheduled to be executed this month for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's mother almost 12 years ago.
Fallin's executive order comes just one week after the board voted 4-1 to recommend that Davis' death sentence be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The order states that Davis is to be executed as scheduled June 25 by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Earlier coverage of the case begins at the link.