Prosecutors drop request for death penalty

Ponca City Now - November 12, 2015 8:43 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Tulsa County prosecutors will no longer seek the death penalty for a man convicted in the fatal shootings of an Owasso trucking company owner and a retired Tulsa banker in 1999.

The Tulsa World reports ( ) that First Assistant District Attorney John David Luton announced the decision Tuesday in court. He says he made the conclusion after talking with the victims’ family members.

The 52-year-old Victor Cornell Miller has been fighting a legal battle against the state since a jury convicted him in 2002 for the shooting deaths of 44-year-old truck company owner Jerald Thurman and 77-year-old retired banker Mary Agnes Bowles.

Court minutes show that District Judge Dana Kuehn is scheduled to sentence Miller on Dec. 18.


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