NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A Norman man has been sentenced to death
for the shotgun shooting deaths of three women at a residence near
the University of Oklahoma more than two years ago.
A Cleveland County jury that convicted William Davis of the
Sept. 4, 2007, slayings of siblings Tami Link and Sheila Ellis,
along with Link's mother-in-law, Letannah Bishop, deliberated less
than 45 minutes before returning with the death sentence Friday.
Prosecutors said Davis was a mean man and he killed the women
because he was upset about the amount of Social Security disability
payments he was receiving with the help of Link's husband, Joseph.
Defense attorneys asked the panel for mercy, arguing that Davis
is an alcoholic who also suffers from bipolar disorder and that he
had an alcohol-induced blackout at the time of the shootings and
doesn't recall what happened.
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