Oklahoma anti-death penalty group wants commutation

Apr 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of an anti-death penalty group are asking Gov. Mary Fallin to commute the sentence of Oklahoma death row inmate Garry Allen to life in prison.

Members of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty met Monday with Fallin's general counsel, Steve Mullins.

Fallin denied clemency for Allen on March 13 and set his execution date for Thursday. The anti-death penalty group wants Fallin to reconsider that decision.

The request is based on the Pardon and Parole Board's 4-1 vote in 2005 that recommends clemency for Allen and the issue of what defense attorneys say is Allen severe limited mental capacity.

Allen's attorneys say he was mentally impaired on Nov. 21, 1986, when he killed 42-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, the mother of his two children, in Oklahoma City.