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Sun August 3, 2014

Defense Attorney Challenges Oklahoma Death Penalty

The execution chamber is at the state prison in McAlester
The execution chamber is at the state prison in McAlester
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LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The attorney for a state prison inmate who's charged with murder is asking a judge to dismiss the death penalty in the case.

The Lawton Constitution reports that defense attorney Cori Grayson says lethal injections as currently used in Oklahoma are an unconstitutional form of torture.

Grayson represents 35-year-old Armando Luna on murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges in the June 2012 stabbing and beating death of Sonny Limpy at the Lawton Correctional Facility. Prosecutors say Luna helped recruit other inmates to kill Limpy because he refused to take part in a movement to unify Hispanic prison gangs.