Execution Date Sought

Oklahoma City, OK – Execution date sought for Okla. death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has been asked to set an execution date for Pittsburg County death row inmate John David Duty.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office requested an execution date Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Duty's final appeal.

The 58-year-old Duty was convicted of the Dec. 19, 2001, murder of 22-year-old Curtis Wise, who was Duty's cellmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Wise was strangled with shoelaces.

At the time, Duty was serving three life sentences for rape, robbery and shooting with intent to kill, all dating from 1978.

Duty was previously scheduled to be executed in 2005.