USA - Oklahoma. James Coddington, now 50, White, was executed
|USA - James Coddington (OK)
August 25, 2022:
James Coddington, now 50, White, was executed.
Coddington received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead at 10:16 a.m.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended to commute Coddington's sentence to life in prison without parole about 3 weeks ago, but Gov. Kevin Stitt denied it Wednesday.
Coddington said he forgave Stitt in his last words while strapped to a gurney inside the execution room.
“To all my family and friends, lawyers, everyone who’s been around me and loved me, thank you,” Coddington said. “Gov. Stitt, I don’t blame you and I forgive you.”
Coddington was on death row for the 1997 murder of 73-year-old Albert Hale, whom Coddington beat to death with a hammer for refusing to give him money to buy cocaine. Coddington at the time was 24.
Coddington expressed remorse during his clemency hearing.
Coddington becomes the 3rd inmate to be put to death this year in Oklahoma, and the 117th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1990. Only Texas (575) has carried out more executions in the US since the death penalty was made possible by the July 2 Gregg v Georgia Supreme Court decision.
Coddington becomes the 10th inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1,550th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oklahoma-executes-james-coddington-for-1997-hammer-killing/ (Sources: CBS News & Rick Halperin, 25/08/2022)