Execution date set for death row inmate
2001 photo of James DeRosa
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma appeals court has set a June 18 execution date for a man sentenced to die for the stabbing deaths of an elderly LeFlore County couple.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set the date on Wednesday for 36-year-old James Lewis DeRosa. DeRosa was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in October 2001 and sentenced to die for the deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer of Poteau.
Prosecutors say DeRosa had worked at the Plummers' ranch. They alleged that DeRosa and 32-year-old John Eric Castleberry slashed the Plummers' throats and left the scene with $73 and the couple's pickup truck, which was abandoned at a nearby lake.
Castleberry pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and testified against DeRosa in exchange for a life sentence without parole.
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