Execution of Convicted Murderer in the US After Governor Rejects Pardon
The governor of the central US state of Oklahoma rejected the pardon board’s recommendation for clemency, resulting in the execution of a 50-year-old killer on Thursday.
According to prison officials, James Coddington was executed by lethal injection in the state jail in McAlester.
Coddington was declared dead 14 minutes after the execution started, according to Scott Crow, the head of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
There were “absolutely no issues,” he claimed.
According to the protocol, “today’s execution was completed without a hitch,” Scott Crow stated.
Oklahoma temporarily stopped carrying out executions in 2015 due to a botched process, but they started up again in October of last year.
Coddington received a death penalty verdict for the 1997 slaying of 73-year-old Albert Hale, a friend who had refused to lend him money for drugs. Hale was killed by James Coddington.
Coddington received mercy recommendations from Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board, but Governor Kevin Stitt rejected them on Wednesday.
This year, 10 people have been put to death sentence in the US, including Coddington.