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Oklahoma Death Row: 26 inmates eligible for execution dates

When the state of Oklahoma halted executions in 2015, convicted murderer Richard Eugene Glossip was within an hour of being given a lethal injection. Officials discovered that one of the drugs delivered for the injection was not authorized. That discovery set off a chain of investigations, court cases and reported problems in obtaining the correct drugs for executions. Glossip and two other death row inmates, Benjamin Robert Cole and John Marion Grant, had execution dates set for October 2015.

There are now 26 Oklahoma death row inmates who are eligible for an execution date, with the most recent exhausting his appeals last month when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review his case. Here is a look at those 26 individuals:

Richard Eugene Glossip

Age: 57

Crime: Killed motel owner Barry Alan Van Treese

Sentenced: June 2004, Oklahoma County

Status: Execution stayed October 2015

Benjamin Robert Cole

Age: 54

Crime: Convicted of killing his 9-month-old daughter, Brianna

Sentenced: December 2004, Rogers County

Status: Execution stayed October 2015

John Marion Grant

Age: 58

Crime: Killed prison kitchen worker Gay Carter

Sentenced: May 2000, Osage County

Status: Execution stayed October 2015

Richard S. Fairchild

Age: 60

Crime: Beat to death 3-year-old Adam Broomhall

Sentenced: January 1996, Oklahoma County

Status: Execution stayed January 2016

John Fitzgerald Hanson

Age: 55

Crime: Killed 77-year-old Mary Agnes Bowles

Sentenced: April 2001, Tulsa County

Status: Execution stayed June 2016

Scott James Eizember

Age: 59

Crime: Killed A.J. Cantrell and Patsy Cantrell in Depew, received death penalty for killing A.J. Cantrell

Sentenced: March 2005, Canadian County

Status: Exhausted appeals June 2016

Jemaine Montell Cannon

Age: 48

Crime: Killed 20-year-old Sharonda Clark after escaping prison work center

Sentenced: March 1996, Tulsa County

Status: Exhausted appeals June 2016

Anthony Castillo Sanchez

Age: 41

Crime: Raped and murdered OU student Jewell "Juli" Busken

Sentenced: June 2006, Cleveland County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2016

Phillip Dean Hancock

Age: 55

Crime: Killed Robert L. Jett Jr. and James V. Lynch

Sentenced: October 2004, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2016

James C. Ryder

Age: 57

Crime: Killed Daisy Hallum

Sentenced: June 2000, Pittsburg County

Status: Exhausted appeals November 2016

Bigler J. Stouffer

Age: 77

Crime: Killed Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves

Sentenced: July 1985, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals March 2017

Michael Dewayne Smith

Age: 37

Crime: Killed Janet Moore and Sarath “Babu” Pulluru

Sentenced: October 2003, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals March 2017

Richard Norman Rojem

Age: 62

Crime: Killed 7-year-old Layla Dawn Cummings

Sentenced: January 2007, Washita County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2017

Wade Greely Lay

Age: 58

Crime: Killed bank guard Kenneth Anderson

Sentenced: September 2005, Tulsa County

Status: Exhausted appeals April 2018

Emmanuel Littlejohn

Age: 48

Crime: Killed convenience store worker Kenneth Meers

Sentenced: November 1994, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2018

Donald A. Grant

Age: 44

Crime: Killed two Del City motel workers, Brenda McElyea and Felecia Suzette Smith

Sentenced: January 2006, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals January 2019

Kevin Ray Underwood

Age: 40

Crime: Killed 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin

Sentenced: April 2008, Cleveland County

Status: Exhausted appeals March 2019

Julius Darius Jones

Age: 39

Crime: Killed Paul Howell of Edmond

Sentenced: April 2002, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals April 2019

Wendell A. Grissom

Age: 51

Crime: Killed Amber Matthews of Kingfisher in home invasion

Sentenced: June 2008, Blaine County

Status: Exhausted appeals May 2019

Termane Wood

Age: 40

Crime: Killed Ronnie Wipt of Montana in 2001

Sentenced: May 2004, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals June 2019

Gilbert Ray Postelle

Age: 33

Crime: Killed James "Donnie" Swindle Jr., Amy Wright, Terry Smith and James Aldersoe

Sentenced: October 2008, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals June 2019

Kendrick A. Simpson

Age: 39

Crime: Killed Glen Palmer and Anthony Jones at Oklahoma City nightclub

Sentenced: October 2007, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2019

Ricky Ray Malone

Age: 45

Crime: Killed Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nikky Green

Sentenced: June 2005, Cotton County

Status: Exhausted appeals October 2019

Raymond Eugene Johnson

Age: 45

Crime: Killed Brooke Whitaker and her 7-month-old daughter, Kya

Sentenced: August 2009, Tulsa County

Status: Exhausted appeals November 2019

James Dwight Pavatt

Age: 66

Crime: Killed Rob Andrew

Sentenced: October 2003, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals January 2020

Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez

Age: 64

Crime: Killed common-law wife Olimpia Cardina Fisher

Sentenced: August 2007, Oklahoma County

Status: Exhausted appeals January 2020

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The Oklahoma State Penitentiary before the scheduled execution of Richard Eugene Glossip in McAlester, Okla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary before the scheduled execution of Richard Eugene Glossip in McAlester, Okla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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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 ›

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