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Court order still enforces sentence for Oklahoma death row inmate who killed elderly man by hitting him with a hammer

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma death row inmate who beat an elderly man to death with a hammer was granted parole on Thursday.

The US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered the adjournment of the sentence for James Allen Coddington, who will be executed on March 10, 2022.

Coddington’s execution will be upheld until the United States District Court issues a final ruling on his claims.

The state of Oklahoma filed a notice with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on August 25, notifying the court that it was appropriate to set a date for Coddington’s execution, according to a U.S. District Court document requiring the hold. the entire period of the execution of the sentence.

State officials said in the statement that there are no longer any legal obstacles to the execution because previous conviction against Coddington’s request to stay on execution. Officials said he declined to name an alternative method of execution to the one he is challenging, a controversial three-drug cocktail that includes Midazolam and have in the past causing extreme pain to the death row inmates when they were executed.

The Criminal Appeals Court ordered on September 20, Set execution date for Oklahoma death row inmates, and noted that the ruling was made outright against Coddington’s “challenges in federal court to the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure,” and that Coddington “was exhausted. [his] state and federal appeals and no other legal impediments to [his] is still serving sentence,” according to District Court documents.

His execution is set for March 10.

The U.S. District Court overruled the October 12 Criminal Appeals Court ruling, finding that Coddington thought he had effectively informed the selection of a firing squad as an alternative method of execution. mine.

The District Court’s explanation of continued enforcement is as follows:

“Given the exceptional circumstances of this situation and in light of the pending litigation before this Court in the matter noted above, in which Mr. Coddington has been reinstated, the parties stipulate that the date of action shall remain unchanged. Mr. Coddington’s decision is March 10, 2022.

The parties stipulate that any such stay shall remain in effect until a final determination in the matter is made on Mr Coddington’s claims but no earlier than adoption and including a date enforcement on March 10, 2022. If a final judgment in this matter is reached against Mr. Coddington, the parties agree that the State of Oklahoma may notify both this Court and the OCCA of the appropriateness of its action. once again set the date of Mr. Coddington’s execution. “

Coddington was convicted and sentenced to death for hammering 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale to death in 1997.

https://kfor.com/news/local/court-orders-stay-of-execution-for-oklahoma-death-row-inmate-who-killed-senior-citizen-by-beating-him-with-a-hammer/ Court order still enforces sentence for Oklahoma death row inmate who killed elderly man by hitting him with a hammer

JACLYN DIAZ

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