Judge grants Okla. inmate stay of execution

April 11, 2012 - 8:35 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for an Oklahoma inmate who was diagnosed with schizophrenia but later found sane by the jury that considered years later whether he was competent enough to be put to death.

Garry Allen was set to die Thursday. He'll now have 15 days to file an appeal under the ruling issued by U.S. District Judge David L. Russell. The Attorney General's Office plans to appeal the judge's decision.

Allen pleaded guilty to capital murder after being shot in the head during his November 1986 arrest for the slaying of 24-year-old Gail Titsworth, with whom he had children. Three days after she moved away from Allen, he fatally shot her outside a daycare where she had picked up her sons.