50-year-old man executed after pardon request denied in Oklahoma

A man was executed on Thursday in Oklahoma (United States) after the governor rejected his request for pardon. James Coddington, a 50-year-old American, received a lethal injection at McAlester prison. The 50-year-old, sentenced to death for killing a man with a hammer in 1997, was pronounced dead shortly after 10 a.m. local time, according to Oklahoma Corrections Director Scott Crow. The procedure took place “without problem” added the manager.

Three executions in the state in 2022

The Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board had recommended clemency for James Coddington, but Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt denied his request on Wednesday. Oklahoma, a rural and conservative southern state, resumed executions in October 2021, after a six-year hiatus due to failed executions.

This state is the one that executed the largest number of prisoners in 2022, with three executions. Ten prisoners have been executed in the United States since the beginning of the year, the majority in southern states, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).

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