Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Tulsa case

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty for a 21-year-old man charged in the beating death of a Tulsa woman.

Prosecutors said Monday that they won't seek the death penalty for Tyrone Woodfork. First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond tells the Tulsa World that prosecutors decided not to seek execution because Woodfork had a "borderline" low IQ score.

Woodfork is charged with first-degree murder and rape in the March 2012 attack on 84-year-old Nancy Strait. Her 89-year-old husband, Bob Strait, later died after the attack but authorities say his death was likely caused by underlying medical conditions.

Woodfork's attorney, Shena Burgess, says she's pleased with the prosecution's decision not to pursue the death penalty.

An Oct. 21 jury trial is scheduled for Woodfork.

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