Advocates host vigil for Oklahoma death row inmate as execution looms

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The State of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Gilbert Postelle on Thursday.

Postelle was convicted of four murders taking place on Memorial Day 2005. The crime happened in Oklahoma County. Postelle believed the victims played a role in a motorcycle crash that injured his father. Postelle was 18 at the time.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board declined to grant Postelle clemency last year.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Death Penalty Action will host a vigil Wednesday night to protest Postelle’s execution. The vigil will take place across the street from the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Advocates are also planning to gather outside of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester Thursday morning.

Postelle’s attorney claims that he has learning disabilities and a low IQ. His attorney, along with advocates against the death penalty, are asking Gov. Kevin Stitt to postpone Postelle’s execution until the federal lawsuit involving Oklahoma’s death row inmates ends.

That trial is expected to begin this month.