OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has denied clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month.
The five-member board voted 3-2 Friday against commuting the death sentence of James Lewis DeRosa. He faces a June 18 execution for the stabbing deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer in 2000.
During the hearing, DeRosa expressed remorse for the LeFlore County couple's death and took responsibility for the killings.
Four members of the Plummers' family urged the board to deny clemency.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted criminals who maintain their innocence would have a way to seek DNA testing in their cases under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. The bill's passage would eliminate Oklahoma's dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without such a program.
The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Thursday for the Postconviction DNA Act, which allows those convicted of violent felonies or who have been sentenced to 25 years or more in prison to file a motion in court to request forensic DNA testing in their case.
SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — An eastern Oklahoma man has been bound over for trial in connection with a 1997 killing.
Sequoyah County Special Judge Larry Langley ruled Friday that Rex Robbins III should be bound over for trial in the beating death of 28-year-old Mitchell Nixon. The Southwest Times Record reports that Robbins was bound over on a first-degree murder charge and an alternate charge of first-degree felony murder.
He was also bound over on a robbery charge for allegedly taking Nixon's pickup.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in April.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent last month. That remains well below the national unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.
The commission says nonfarm employment rose by 1,800 jobs in April in Oklahoma. The professional and business services sector saw the greatest increase at 1,300 jobs, while leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 2,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victims' family members are set to observe the 18th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.
A ceremony is planned Friday near the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building for the 168 victims of the terrorist attack. Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Rep. James Lankford are scheduled to speak.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 13th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is scheduled for April 28 and Mayor Mick Cornett says it's scheduled to go forward as planned despite a bombing at the end of the Boston Marathon.
Oklahoma City police say there is always increased security for the marathon and the level of security for this year's race is being assessed.
More than 80 Oklahomans were registered to run in the Boston Marathon, where two explosions rocked runners and spectators near the finish line after the race.