OKLAHOMA (USA): MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING TULSA CLERK PUT TO DEATH
January 22, 2009: A man convicted of beating a convenience store clerk to death with a baseball bat nearly 14 years ago was put to death at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Darwin Demond Brown, 32, apologized to the family of the victim as they watched, and thanked his family for their love and support.
He was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m., six minutes after receiving the lethal injection.
Brown's attorney, James Hankins, said his client had exhausted all of his appeals. The state Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for Brown on Jan. 7.
Brown and three other men were convicted of killing Richard Yost during a February 1995 store robbery in Tulsa.
His lawyer had not denied that Brown participated in the killing, but appealed to the parole board to spare his client's life because he was 18 when it happened.
Brown's co-defendants, Michael L. Wilson, 33, and Billy D. Alverson, 37, were sentenced to death and are awaiting execution. A third defendant who was 17 at the time of the killing, Richard J. Harjo, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. (Sources: Ap, 22/01/2008)