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October 16, 2012

Allen execution date set

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set Nov. 6 as the execution date for Oklahoma County death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen, 56.

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 Titsworth 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.  

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 previously scheduled for execution on May 19, 2005 and Feb. 16, 2012.

Attorney General Pruitt requested the execution date on Sept. 27, 2012, after the federal court lifted its stay of execution.

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