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June 17, 2013

Oklahoma man convicted in deaths of 2 faces execution today


OKLAHOMA CITY — "I can't express how truly sorry I am for the pain I've caused the Plummer family," DeRosa said in a teleconference from the penitentiary. He also indicated he had started practicing Messianic Judaism — which combines elements of Christian and Jewish theologies — since his arrest and conviction.

DeRosa will become the second Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year. Steven Ray Thacker, 42, was executed March 12 for the 1999 death of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family.

Execution dates have been set for two other Oklahoma death row prisoners, including one next week.

Brian Darrell Davis, 39, is scheduled to be executed on June 25. He was convicted in the rape and murder of his girlfriend's mother almost 12 years ago. Gov. Mary Fallin rejected the pardon and parole board's recommendation that his sentence be commuted to life without parole.

Anthony Rozelle Banks, 60, is scheduled to be executed Sept. 10 for the June 6, 1979, killing of a 24-year-old woman. A clemency hearing for Banks has not been scheduled.

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