Oklahoma Man Executed for 1994 Slaying of Ex-Girlfriend

8-12-05 - A man was executed Thursday for killing his ex-girlfriend in 1994 in a jealous rage that prosecutors said claimed three other lives, including the woman's two children.

Kenneth Eugene Turrentine, 52, died in Oklahoma's death chamber three minutes after receiving a lethal injection.

"I've always maintained I've been innocent of the crime charged," Turrentine said in his final statement.

Lying strapped to a gurney, he tried to turn his head to where his mother sat sobbing next to her husband in the witness chamber.

"I love you all. You all be strong," Turrentine said, just before the execution began.

Turrentine, of Tulsa, originally was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1994 shooting of Anita Richardson, 39, as well for the killings of Richardson's 13-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter. But a federal appeals court last year threw out those convictions because of a judge's error during the trial.

Turrentine received a life term without parole for killing his 48-year-old sister the same day. All the victims were shot in the head.

Prosecutors said Turrentine believed Richardson was seeing other men and that his sister was helping her deceive him.