With eight executions scheduled for the month of April, it is the busiest month so far in 2012 for U.S. death row inmates.
April 5th, 2012 – Utah
The first execution scheduled is Thursday for Michael Archuleta in the state of Utah. While a stay is likely in his execution (as he still has an appeal option in his case), he is different because unlike the other inmates scheduled to die this month, his will be executed by firing squad. Up until 2004 Utah death row inmates were given the option of execution at the time of their sentencing.
Archuleta was sentenced to death for the murder of 28-year-old Gordon Ray Church in which he was beaten to death with a tire iron.
April 12th, 2012 – Alabama and Oklahoma
There are two executions scheduled on this day. The first lethal injection is scheduled for Carey Grayson in Alabama. Grayson, 18 at the time of his crime was part of a group of teens that murdered 37-year-old hitchhiker Vickie Deblieux. He and a group of other teenage friends picked up Deblieux and stopped in a wooded area to drink and do drugs. When she tried to run away they attacked her, choked her to death and then threw her body off a cliff. They then climbed down the cliff and mutilated her body by cutting off her fingers, stabbing her and cutting out her lung. Grayson’s accomplices, 17-years-old at the time of the crime were given life sentences.
The other scheduled execution is for Garry Allen. Allen was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Gail Titsworth, his girlfriend at the time and mother to his two sons. After a confrontation in front of a day care center, he shot her in the chest. After a day care worker approached to help, she was shot as well. While there is no question as to Allen’s guilt, his case had been stayed to assess his sanity and while the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board had recommended clemency, Governor Fallin had rejected the recommendation.