Gov. Mary Fallin issued a 30-day stay of execution Thursday to a death row inmate scheduled to die next week for the 1986 shooting death of the mother of his 2 children. Fallin issued the stay for Garry Thomas Allen, 55, to give her legal team more time to consider a 2005 Pardon and Parole Board recommendation to commute the sentence to life in prison without parole. Allen’s attorneys said he was mentally impaired at the time of the slaying and is now insane. Allen’s attorney, Randy Bauman, declined to comment. The board voted 4-1 in 2005 to commute Allen’s sentence to life and a judge issued a stay of execution before then-Gov. Brad Henry could act on the board’s recommendation.
(source: The Oklahoman)