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Three more Oklahoma death row inmates lose final appeals

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the appeals of three Oklahoma death row inmates. There are now 11 inmates eligible for execution dates when the state resumes lethal injections.

Without comment, the justices rejected appeals from:

-- Phillip Hancock, convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and given the death penalty for the 2001 shooting deaths of Robert L. Jett Jr., 37, and James V. Lynch, 58, both of Oklahoma City;

-- Julius Darius Jones, who was a University of Oklahoma freshman when he shot and killed Edmond insurance company executive Paul Howell, 45, in the driveway of his parents' home in Edmond; and

-- Anthony Castillo Sanchez, convicted of raping and murdering OU dance student Jewell Buskin in 1996.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has delayed seeking execution dates while the Oklahoma Department of Corrections reviews its lethal injection process. Pruitt has said he would wait at least 150 days after the department releases a report before seeking execution dates.

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›