Mon December 9, 2002
Oklahoma Set to Execute 4 Inmates in December
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Since 1915, the state of Oklahoma has executed 132 men and three women inmates: one, a federal prisoner, by hanging; 82 by electrocution; and the rest in more recent years by lethal injection. Officials with the Department of Corrections at the State Penitentiary in McAlester have been preparing for the four executions set by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for this month.
The first was set for December 10 for Jerry McCracken. McCracken shot four people to death at a Tulsa bar in 1990: Tyrell Boyd, Steve Smith, Timothy Sheets and Carole Ann McDaniels.
Jay Wesley Neill was assigned to die on December 12 for his role in the Geronimo bank robbery deaths. Neill was convicted of four killings at the branch facility for the Bank of Chattanooga on December 14, 1984. Three were bank employees: 25-year old Joyce Mullenix who was six months pregnant at the time; 19-year old Jeri Bowles; and 42-year old Kay Bruno. The other victim was a customer, 33-year old Ralph Zeller. Three other customers were wounded but survived.
Other execution dates set were for Ernest Carter on December 17, and John Duty on December 19. Inmate Bobby Fields was assign an execution date of January 14, 2003.