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March 27, 2013

Execution date requested for DeRosa

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday filed a request with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for LeFlore County death row inmate James Lewis DeRosa, 36.  

The U.S. Supreme Court denied DeRosa’s final appeal on Monday.

In October 2001, DeRosa was found guilty  and sentenced to death for the first-degree murders of Curtis Plummer, 73, and Gloria Plummer, 70, both of Poteau.

DeRosa was briefly employed by the Plummers and told several friends on multiple occasions he thought the elderly couple would be an easy target to rob.

After being welcomed into the Plummers’ home, DeRosa and Castleberry brandished knives.

While the couple begged and struggled for their lives, DeRosa proceeded to stab the Plummers multiple times and slit their throats. DeRosa and Castleberry left the scene with $73 and the couple’s pickup truck. The truck was ditched in a nearby lake.    

In Monday’s filing, General Pruitt asked the court to set the date “sixty days after March 25.”

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