OK man executed for elderly couple's death


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Updated: 6/18/2013 10:57 pm Published: 6/18/2013 9:49 pm


,A man on death row for 12 years has been put to death by lethal injection for the slayings of an elderly couple in LeFlore County.

On Tuesday, James L. DeRosa, 36, was put to death by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for the stabbing deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer in their Poteau home in 2000.

"My gosh their death was so much more horrible than what we just saw," said Janet Tolbert.

She was Curtis and Gloria Plummer's only child and left behind two granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

The warden pronounced DeRosa dead at 6:07 p.m.

On the day of their execution, they get a last meal, visitors, clergy and words. However, for the first time in at least 16 years, DeRosa did not make any "last" requests. When the warden asked if he had any last words he responded, "no ma'am."

The lethal injection started at 6:01 p.m.

"James Lewis DeRosa," said Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesperson, Jerry Massie. "Was pronounced dead at 6:07 pm The execution has been carried out."

As FOX23 News witnessed lethal injection by 6:02 p.m. DeRosa took a heavy breath and closed his eyes.

He was put to death for the stabbing deaths of the Plummers who would have been married 66 years this year.

"They suffered a horrendous death nothing like that death, totally disappointed," said Tolbert.

Thirteen family members, including the Plummers’ only child, granddaughter and great granddaughter, witnessed the execution.

"No one should ever, ever experience something like this. I pray that no will ever have to," said Samantha Giliam.

She is now in college and was young when her great grandparents were murdered.

Prosecutors say DeRosa robbed, stabbed and cut the throats of the Plummers. DeRosa worked at the ranch and used that as a ruse to get to them but all he got away with was $73 and the couple's truck.

"It was heinous, have you ever seen a heinous crime? And it was my mommy and daddy. Very, very, very good people, you ask anyone in LeFlore County," said Tolbert.

However, they have to wait for more justice.

"We have two more to go through but not like this," said Tolbert.

The accomplice John Castleberry, 20, told prosecutors what happened in exchange for a life without parole sentence.

"It's too bad he is not going to be put to death along with the driver," said granddaughter Dana Gilliam.

Scotty White was the accused driver who dropped off DeRosa and Castleberry. He was 18 at the time and testified in the case and received a 25 year prison sentence.

"We wanted them all to get the death penalty because they were all in it. It was planned, it was premeditated, they knew it was going to happen, they should have stopped it," said Tolbert.

However, no one stopped and now a great granddaughter who is now in college is left worrying how to be strong when her grandmother won't be there to fight for justice.

"It kills me knowing that I have to pick up the pieces of where she had to quit to keep fighting for who killed my great grandparent," said Gilliam.

DeRosa's cell mate is scheduled to be put to death next week. He too has not made any last requests.

Brian Darrell Davis,  is on death row for raping and killing his girlfriend's mother in 2001 in Ponca City.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/19/2013 7:56 AM
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Too bad we can't give Woofork the same going away party.
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