The current death penalty law was enacted in 1977 by the Oklahoma Legislature. The method to carry out the execution is by lethal injection. The original death penalty law in Oklahoma called for executions to be carried out by electrocution. In 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the death penalty as it was then administered.
Oklahoma has executed a total of 192 men and 3 women between 1915 and 2014 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Eighty-two were executed by electrocution, one by hanging (a federal prisoner) and 112 by lethal injection. The last execution by electrocution took place in 1966. The first execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma occurred on September 10, 1990, when Charles Troy Coleman, convicted in 1979 of Murder 1st Degree in Muskogee County was executed.
Internal Extension Phones
Michael W. Roach, Chair
Witness Viewing Area
View of Execution Chamber from Witness Area
Main Location3400 Martin Luther King AvenueOklahoma City, OK 73111-4298
MailingPO Box 11400Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0400
Phone: (405) 425-2500Fax: (405) 425-2578
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