The governor did not avail himself of the right of grace. A death sentence was carried out in Oklahoma

James Coddington was executed on Thursday, August 25, for killing 73-year-old Albert Hale with a hammer in 1997.

The execution by injection of poison took place despite the recommendations of the state Pardon and Release Council to spare the killer’s life. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt did not exercise his right of grace. He refused to relax Coddington’s sentence to life without parole.

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