Okla. man convicted in deaths of 2 faces execution

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man convicted of the stabbing deaths of an elderly Le Flore County couple almost 13 years ago is scheduled to be executed.

James Lewis DeRosa's execution by lethal injection is set for Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted last month against recommending that Gov. Mary Fallin commute DeRosa's death sentence to life in prison without parole.

Defense attorney Tom Hird of the Federal Public Defender's Office did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

DeRosa was convicted in the stabbing deaths of Curtis Plummer, 73, and Gloria Plummer, 70, on Oct. 2, 2000.

Prosecutors say DeRosa and a co-defendant talked their way into the victims' rural Poteau home, slashed their throats and left with $73 and the couple's truck.

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