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Oklahoma death row set to be killed tomorrow after stay denied over murders


GILBERT Postelle is set to be executed on February 17, 2022, nearly 15 years after he killed four people in Oklahoma.

Postelle killed four people on Memorial Day in 2005, in what he claimed was a connection to his father’s motorcycle accident that had left him severely injured.

Police reported Postelle used an AK-47 stifle rifle when he killed James Alderson, 57, Terry Smith, 56, Donnie Swindle, 49, and Amy Wright, 26, at an Oklahoma City home in 2005.

Postelle was 19 years old when he killed the four people but in December 2021, he claimed he doesn’t remember the murders because of his methamphetamine use in the days leading up to the attack on the four people.

Postelle requested a stay of execution in December 2021 after claiming the lethal injection penalty is unconstitutional.

Read our Gilbert Postelle live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Why did Postelle kill his victims?

    Gilbert Postelle believed his victims were responsible for injuring his father in a motorcycle accident, according to KOCO News out of Oklahoma City.

  • What is a stay of execution?

    A stay of execution is a court order that prevents a court decision or other court order from being carried out for a period of time.

    A stay can be issued automatically by operation of law or by court order, either in response to a motion or by the parties’ agreement.

    If a party files an appeal, the original court’s verdict may be delayed until the appeal is settled.

  • Stay of execution requested

    Gilbert Postelle requested a stay of his execution in December 2021.

    He claimed the lethal injection penalty is unconstitutional.

  • History of last words before execution, continued

    Many people awaiting execution have the option to seek forgiveness from the victim’s family as well as their own, according to AETV.com.

    Others, however, grow stubborn or use humor in an unnerving way near the end.

  • History of last words before execution

    Prior to the execution of a death row prisoner, whether by lethal injection, gas chamber, or another method, the condemned are given the opportunity to say their last words.

    Allowing final remarks as part of the execution, according to law professor Jeff Kirchmeier of the City University of New York School of Law, may have made things more orderly by removing the need for the condemned to cry things out.

    “There was probably a religious aspect of the tradition, too, giving the condemned an opportunity to repent before going to the next world,” said Kirchmeier.

    “Their statements would also warn others watching of the dangers of various vices.”

  • Postelle was barely legal

    Postelle was just 19 years old when he killed the four people.

    And in December 2021, he claimed he doesn’t remember the murders because of his methamphetamine use in the days leading up to the attack on the four people.

  • Who did Postelle kill?

    Police reported Postelle used an AK-47 stifle rifle when he killed James Alderson, 57, Terry Smith, 56, Donnie Swindle, 49, and Amy Wright, 26, at an Oklahoma City home in 2005.

  • Who is being executed?

    Gilbert Postelle is set to be executed on February 17, 2022.

    Postelle killed four people on Memorial Day in 2005, in what he claimed was a connection to his father’s motorcycle accident that had left him severely injured.

  • Donald Grant was an Oklahoma death row prisoner.

    After being denied a stay of execution by a panel of judges earlier in the week, he was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

    According to a state correctional spokesperson, he was declared dead at 10.16 a.m. in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

    Grant was the first person in the United States to be executed in 2022.

  • Who was Donald Grant?

    Grant was an Oklahoma death row prisoner.

    In 2001, he was charged with the murders of two hotel employees during a heist.

    Grant was not fit to stand trial until 2005, according to a plea to overturn his death sentence.

    Grant was supposedly fostered in and out of foster homes while growing up in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Who was Bigler Stouffer?

    Stouffer, 79, was the first person executed in Oklahoma since John Grant convulsed on the gurney and vomited during his lethal injection in October.

    He maintained his innocence in the incident that killed Linda Reaves and critically wounded Doug Ivens.

    Stouffer and his attorneys contended in court documents that the state’s three-drug execution process posed a danger of unconstitutional pain and suffering and that he should be included in a federal lawsuit contesting the protocols with other death row plaintiffs.

    However, a federal district court and the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit both refused his plea for a stay of execution.

  • Who was John Grant?

    Grant, 60, was a convicted killer who was the first person in Oklahoma to be executed by lethal injection since 2015.

    Grant was suspected of murdering Gay Carter, a prison staff, in 1998 while doing time for four armed robberies.

    Carter was stabbed 16 times inside a broom closet, and he was eventually prosecuted and convicted of his murder.

    He was condemned to death after being convicted of first-degree murder and has been on death row since 2000, until his execution on October 28, 2021.

  • Criticism of Oklahoma’s execution method

    Oklahoma’s fatal injection procedure has been described as painful and horrifying, with accusations that it causes a feeling of drowning similar to the torture practice of waterboarding.

    After two failed executions, Oklahoma postponed lethal injections for nearly six years.

    Last fall, the state restarted the practice, murdering John Grant, Bigler Stouffer, and Donald Grant in October, December, and January, respectively.

    In a trial that starts on Feb. 28, the three-drug combination will be tested for legality in district court.

  • When were death penalty laws established?

    The first documented death penalty laws may be found in King Hammurabi of Babylon’s Code, which legislated the death sentence for 25 separate offenses in the Eighteenth Century B.C.

    The death penalty was also included in the Hittite Code of the fourteenth century B.C., the Draconian Code of Athens of the seventh century B.C., which made death the only punishment for all offenses, and the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets of the fifth century B.C.

    Crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, and impalement were all used to carry out death penalties.

  • Capital crimes in Oklahoma

    First-degree murder in Oklahoma is punished by death in the following situations:

    • The defendant has previously been convicted of a felony that involved the use or threat of violence against another person.
    • The defendant deliberately put more than one person in danger of death;
    • The individual killed for money or the promise of reward, or hired someone else to kill for remuneration or the promise of remuneration;
    • The assassination was particularly horrible, awful, or cruel;
    • The murder was carried out in order to avoid or deter a valid arrest or prosecution;
    • The murder was done by someone who was serving a jail sentence for a criminal conviction;
    • Existence of a reasonable possibility that the defendant will engage in unlawful acts of violence that would pose a long-term harm to society; or
    • The murder victim was a peace officer or a correctional staff of a Department of Corrections-controlled facility, and he or she was slain while performing official duties.
  • Gilbert Postelle and his learning disabilities

    Gilbert Postelle had learning problems and an IQ in the low 70s, according to his clemency packet prepared for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board by his attorney Robert Nance.

    While in public school, he was a special education student who dropped out at the age of 12.

  • How long has Postelle been on death row?

    Postelle has been on death row since 2006.

    He was found guilty of murdering four men at a mobile home park in Oklahoma City in 2005 alongside three other guys.

    At the time of the crime, Postelle was 18 years old.

  • Organizations protest Postelle’s execution

    The Gilbert Postelle Don’t Kill for Me rally at the Governor’s Mansion will begin at 9am on Thursday, February 17.

    At 10am, when the execution is set to commence, a quiet vigil will follow.

    It will go on until a stay of execution is obtained or the execution is carried out.

    A prayer circle will finish the vigil. Meanwhile, organizers have stated that if the execution is postponed, the event would be canceled.

  • Despite outcry, executions still legal

    Regardless of criticism over prior botched executions and the secrecy surrounding the source of Oklahoma’s lethal injection chemicals, another human being is about to be executed.

    Despite an imminent court hearing, it also comes to decide whether Oklahoma’s lethal injection process is lawful. The court date for that hearing is February 28.

    Meanwhile, appointed Attorney General O’Connor and Governor Kevin Stitt have refused to put a stop to executions until the court date is set.

    Even a pending lawsuit against the state’s lethal injection provider hasn’t deterred state officials from carrying out their plans to carry out the death punishment.

  • Capital punishment laws in Oklahoma

    In the state of Oklahoma, capital punishment is a lawful penalty.

    Since re-legalization following Gregg v. Georgia in 1976, the state has executed the second-highest number of inmates in the United States (behind Texas).

    Oklahoma also has the state’s highest rate of executions per capita.

    The state of Oklahoma was the first in the world to use lethal injection as a method of execution.

  • South Carolina death row law, continued

    The last execution in South Carolina occurred in 2011, and the state’s final batch of fatal injections expired in 2013.

    According to the Associated Press, drug companies declined to offer lethal injection medications to states at the time.

    Prisons are still mandated to employ lethal injection as the principal method of execution, but if they don’t have the drugs, they can utilize the firing squad or the electric chair.

  • South Carolina death row law

    According to a new law, inmates on death row in South Carolina must choose between being executed by electric chair or by firing squad.

    South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the bill into law, allowing the state to restart executions.

    This follows a 10-year involuntary stoppage caused by a shortage of lethal injection medicines.

    “The families and loved ones of victims are owed closure and justice by law. Now, we can provide it,” McMaster tweeted.

  • Calls to #StopExecutions on Twitter

    Tweeting against executions, users have taken to the platform to show their opposition to the death penalty.

    One user wrote: “Why do some people get more attention than others when their stories are exactly the same?

    “One person’s tragedy shouldn’t trump another’s! When it comes to protesting an execution…this happens all the time!

    “Pls join us in fighting for ALL executions to end! #StopExecutions”

  • How long can someone be on death row?

    Due to the jurisdiction’s extensive and time-consuming appeals procedures, inmates in the United States may have to wait several years before being executed.

    Between 1977 and 2010, the period between sentencing and execution grew substantially, with a 22% rise between 1989 and 1990 and a comparable increase between 2008 and 2009.

    In 2010, the average time between sentencing and execution for a death row inmate was approximately 15 years.

    In the United States, over a quarter of convicts on death row die of natural causes while awaiting execution.

  • How many signatures does the petition have?

    As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had almost 7,000 signatures.

    The petition has a goal of 12,800 signatures.

    It’s requesting that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt halt the execution of Gilbert Postelle.


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