Execution stayed for Okla. death row inmate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry has granted a stay of execution for an Oklahoma inmate set to be put to death for the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man more than 16 years ago.
Jeffrey David Matthews' execution was scheduled for Thursday night, but has now been rescheduled for July 20.
The governor's office said Wednesday the stay was granted so authorities can review evidence in his case. Defense attorneys sought the delay to examine fingerprint evidence related to the case.
Henry is out of state on vacation. At his request, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins signed the paperwork granting the stay.
Matthews was convicted of the Jan. 27, 1994, murder of Otis Earl Short during a robbery of Short's home in McClain County.