Garry Allen was executed tonight in Oklahoma. Allen was put to death for the murder of his ex-wife and mother of his two children. in 1986.
On a night when the country elects a new President, officials at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester were busy making preparations for the execution of Garry Allen. Even though the Pardon and Parole Board had recommended a commutation of Allen’s sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2005, Governor Mary Fallin decided to go against their recommendation. Allen’s attorney’s argue that he was mentally ill at the time of the murder and his mental state has worsened since then.
Garry Allen’s case is unique as he entered a “blind guilty plea” – this means that he pleaded guilty to a capital murder case without working out a deal with the prosecution to spare him from the death penalty. Allen testified that he pleaded guilty to spare the families of he and his victim’s the ordeal of a trial but his attorney’s believe his mental illness and drug problems are the real reason he made the plea.
On November 21st, 1986 Garry Allen shot his 42-year-old Lawanna Titsworth just days after she had moved out of the home where she lived with Allen and her two sons. 911 was called and when an officer in the area responded to the call, Allen grabbed his gun and during a struggle he was shot in the face.
We were unable to find a photo of the victim, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, if anyone is able to provide us with one, we will happily post it on our site.
Any friends or relatives of either Garry Allen or Lawanna Titsworth are welcome to submit statements to Crime Ticker and we will post them on our website.
Allen’s last words were largely unintelligible, he spoke of the Presidential election, Jesus and often said “Hi” to his attorney who was watching from the witness room.
Garry Allen was pronounced dead at 7:10pm EST.