Wanda Jean Allen executed: Two-time killer dies by lethal injection

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Oklahoman

McALESTER, Okla. — Just hours after Gov. Frank Keating and the U.S. Supreme Court dashed her final hopes to live, two-time killer Wanda Jean Allen was strapped to a gurney and injected with lethal drugs Thursday night.

Allen, 41, was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

“Two families were victimized by Wanda Jean Allen,” Attorney General Drew Edmondson told more than 50 reporters and photographers before the execution.

“Our thoughts are with them. They have waited a dozen years for justice in this case.”

Allen’s death marked the first execution of a woman in Oklahoma since statehood.

She joined a murderer’s row of 114 men electrocuted, hanged or poisoned by the state since 1915.

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,” Allen said in her final words, her emotion-choked voice repeating the last words attributed to Jesus Christ executed on a cross 2,000 years ago.

“That’s it. Thank you.”

Twenty-four relatives of murder victim Gloria Leathers and manslaughter victim Detra Pettus traveled to McAlester for the execution. Many of those relatives watched the execution from behind a tinted window.

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