Clemency denied for Oklahoma man convicted of prison worker’s murder

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The first death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed since 2015 had his clemency request denied on Tuesday.

John Marion Grant was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Gay Carter, a kitchen supervisor at an Oklahoma prison.

At the time of the murder, Grant was serving a prison sentence for robbery.

Court documents say that Grant stabbed Carter 16 times in the back at the Dick Conner Correctional Center.

His execution was initially scheduled for Dec. 4, 2014, but was stayed following a review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

His execution is now set for Oct. 28, 2021.

Grant’s attorneys asked the court to change his sentence to life without parole, saying his trial was “extremely flawed where crucial facts about his crime were never explored or presented to the jury.”

His attorneys say the jury never knew that Grant and Carter were involved in a relationship, and that Grant killed Carter in the heat of passion due to their relationship ending.

They say Grant also tried to kill himself, but guards were able to stop him.

“To this day, Mr. Grant cannot believe what he did,” court documents read.

His attorneys say that the jury didn’t hear about his childhood, which was filled with neglect and abuse while in state custody.

They also claim that one of Grant’s trial attorneys was disbarred for conduct that was going on during his trial. They add that his two attorneys married and divorced each other in the course of preparing for his trial. In their affidavits, they wrote that there was a breakdown in communication between them that affected their competence to represent Grant.

During Grant’s clemency hearing, prosecutors say Carter’s murder was extremely brutal, adding that she died within minutes of the crime.

They also rebuked the claim that Grant and Carter were in a relationship. Instead, prosecutors say they were friends but nothing more.

Officials with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office say Grant threatened to kill others after the murder, which they say goes to show that he is still a threat to society.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 against clemency.

Attorney General John O’Connor today released the following statement:

“Today, John Marion Grant’s request for a recommendation of clemency was denied by the Pardon and Parole Board. Mr. Grant received a jury trial and, in 2000, received the sentence of death. This was a just and appropriate sentence for the brutal murder of Gay Carter. This conviction and sentence was affirmed after years of thorough review by the appellate courts. I am grateful that the Board denied Mr. Grant’s request for executive clemency. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Gay Carter.”

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor

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