Oklahoma set to execute man for fatal stabbing of woman in 1988

OKLAHOMA CITY Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:52am EST

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma is set to execute a man on Thursday, who was convicted of murder after stabbing a woman 25 times more than two decades ago and then attempting to blame the crime on an intruder.

Kenneth Eugene Hogan, 52, was convicted of murdering Lisa Stanley in her Oklahoma City apartment on January 28, 1988.

Hogan, who had stabbed her 25 times, had said he was acting in self-defense after Stanley lunged at him with a knife.

The execution is scheduled to take place at 6:00 p.m. Central Time at the state's death chamber in a penitentiary in McAlester.

Prosecutors said that after killing Stanley, Hogan tried to make the crime scene appear as if an intruder had broken in. He cleaned his wounds and went to the emergency room.

Hogan's murder conviction was overturned by a federal court in 1999 on the grounds that the jury should have been allowed to consider a verdict of manslaughter.

After a second trial in 2003, Hogan was again convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

If the execution goes ahead, Hogan would be the fifth person put to death in the United States this year and the second in Oklahoma.

(Reporting by Heide Brandes; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Laborman wrote:
Whether you are for or against capital punishment (and the U.S. has a difficult time getting accused murderers extradited from foreign countries back to the U.S. to face trial because the rest of the “civilized” world long ago gave up government executions), 1988 is too long ago. We either need to get back to the intent of the constitution and give accused a fair and relatively speedy trial (and punishment if guilty) or forego capital punishment. No one should be on death row (at taxpayer expense) for 25 years. The appeals process should be speeded up so that those found guilty have all their rights, but in an appropriate time frame that addresses both the needs of those found guilty and the taxpaying public.

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Laborman wrote:
Whether you are for or against capital punishment (and the U.S. has a difficult time getting accused murderers extradited from foreign countries back to the U.S. to face trial because the rest of the “civilized” world long ago gave up government executions), 1988 is too long ago. We either need to get back to the intent of the constitution and give accused a fair and relatively speedy trial (and punishment if guilty) or forego capital punishment. No one should be on death row (at taxpayer expense) for 25 years. The appeals process should be speeded up so that those found guilty have all their rights, but in an appropriate time frame that addresses both the needs of those found guilty and the taxpaying public.

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