OK-CADP seeks to have death row inmate Donald Grant spared from execution

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) is asking the state of Oklahoma to spare death row inmate Donald Anthony Grant from execution.

OK-CADP is pleading for mercy because Grant is brain damaged and suffers from schizophrenia.

Grant’s clemency hearing before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is scheduled for Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

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As of now, Grant’s execution is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2022. Grant, 46, has been on death row for two decades for the 2001 killing of Brenda McElyea and Suzette Smith at a LaQuinta Inn in Del City, Okla.

According to his attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Emma Rolls, Grant suffers from schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. According to Rolls, it took the state of Oklahoma five years to medicate Grant to restore his competency to stand trial. Grant is currently being treated for his mental illnesses in prison.

The clemency packet filed by Rolls on Grant’s behalf states that Grant suffered from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder after his mother drank alcohol throughout her pregnancy. It also states that his mentally-ill and alcoholic father slammed Grant’s head against a pole or against his younger brother’s head as a form of punishment when Grant was a child.

According to the packet, Grant grew up in an apartment where the adults frequently took crack-cocaine, and Grant still carries a slug from a bullet that struck him when he was 12-years-old.

The jury wasn’t made aware of Grant’s mental illness at the time of his trial.

Grant would be the second person executed in Oklahoma since capital punishment was resumed following a six-year moratorium. John Marion Grant was executed by lethal injection on Oct. 28, 2021.

The state of Oklahoma has scheduled execution dates for Bigler Stouffer (Dec. 9, 2021), Wade Lay (Jan. 6, 2022), Gilbert Postelle (Feb. 17, 2022) and James Coddington (March 10, 2022).