Oklahoma Attorney General: Execution Date Requested for Patton
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson today asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for Oklahoma County death row inmate Eric Allen Patton.
Patton, 49, was convicted of the Dec. 16, 1994, murder of Charlene Elizabeth Kauer, 56. Patton stabbed Kauer numerous times during a robbery at Kauers Oklahoma City home.
Edmondson requested the date after the U.S. Supreme Court today denied Patton's final appeal.
The state "requests that this Court set an execution date ... for 60 days after May 30, 2006, or at the earliest date this Court deems fit, so that the lawful conviction and sentence of the State of Oklahoma may be carried out," according to the states application for execution date.
"It is the practice of this office, before an execution date is requested, to examine each case to determine if the testing of DNA evidence should occur," said Edmondson. "We have determined, after a thorough review of this case, that DNA testing would be of no value and would have no relevance as to actual innocence. I see nothing that should stand in the way of this execution being carried out."
There has currently been one Oklahoma inmate executed this year. Pottawatomie County death row inmate John Albert Boltz is scheduled to be executed Thursday.
This is what I think symptamatic of a DA's office that is wanting to put this state's "killing machine" into a higher gear. By that, I mean that it wasn't enough that Oklahoma killed a 74 year old man, but now they are in my opinion trying to make sure that the others on this state's death row don't the oppurtunity to make challenges to wether lethal injection is cruel and unusual. I mean think about this: Vets won't even use some of the drugs used for putting down animals, because it can cause pain