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January 6, 2011

Oklahoma completes first execution of 2011

As detailed in this AP story, in Oklahoma an "inmate was executed Thursday for the murder of a convenience store worker found brutally beaten with a baseball bat almost 16 years ago." Here's more:

Billy Don Alverson, 39, was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m. local time at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said.  Alverson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the Feb, 26, 1995, death of 30-year-old Richard Yost, the night manager of a convenience store in Tulsa.  Yost's body was found bound and beaten on the blood-soaked floor of the store's cooler.

Alverson was one of four men convicted of first-degree murder in Yost's death. Prosecutors have said Yost received 54 blows from the bat and all four men participated in the beating, although Alverson has said he never hit Yost.

Three of Alverson's co-defendants were also sentenced to death. One of them, 31-year-old Darwin Brown, was executed in January 2009.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 in December to deny clemency for Alverson.  Members of Yost's family, including his former wife and mother-in-law, and the president and CEO of Yost's former employer submitted letters to the board asking that it deny clemency....

The next death row inmate scheduled for execution in Oklahoma is Jeffrey David Matthews, 38.  He was convicted in the January 1994 murder of 77-year-old Otis Earl Short, Matthews' great-uncle, during a robbery of Short's home.  The execution is set for Tuesday.

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Sounds like we need to get two bleeding heart wusses off the Oklahoma Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Posted by: federalist | Jan 6, 2011 10:43:23 PM

Too bad this couldn't have happened a bit sooner.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jan 7, 2011 1:00:23 AM

After the execution, Yost's widow, Angela Houser. Issued a statement saying she doesn't know whether she "will ever have true closure."

"There are no winners tonight, each of us from both sides of the family have lost," she said.

"I want to give my condole(nce)s to the Alverson family, " she said.

Posted by: peter | Jan 7, 2011 3:31:42 AM

So, just shooting from the hip on an eye-for-an-eye basis here...but how does taking four lives for one come out to roughly equal some kind of justice?

Posted by: Guy | Jan 7, 2011 6:00:30 AM

federalist, why don't you apply for the position?

Posted by: anon1 | Jan 7, 2011 8:07:00 AM

anon1 --

Maybe you should apply for a seat on the Massachusetts Parole Board so you can join its other members in voting to release a lifelong violent criminal so he can gun down a cop (as recently happened). I mean, we need compassion, don't we? Can't let those Neanderthals run the show! As for the dead cop, hey, look, boys will be boys!

So will you be applying?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 7, 2011 12:58:42 PM

The death penalty is out of date, the laws surrounding it are inconsitant, unconstitutional and severely flawed. As with all crimes, the sentence you get depends on where you commit the crime, not what the crime entailed. Mounds and mounds of research has shown that the death penalty does not deter potential murderers, if it did presumably this guy wouldn't have commited this crime in the first place? Nearly 90% of academics believe the death penalty is no detterant whatsoever. Also those going on about the money it would cost to keep them in prison, so we might aswell kill them, keeping a prisoner on death row and executing them nearly costs double the amount it would cost to keep them in prison for life without parole.

(criminal justice student)

Posted by: Laura | Jan 12, 2011 2:38:06 PM

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