Oklahoma executes death row inmate Donald Grant

MCALESTER, Okla. — UPDATE, 1/27/22, 10:42 a.m.: According to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, Grant’s execution was carried out with no complications.


The State of Oklahoma has executed Donald Grant.

His execution comes after the Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of execution Wednesday afternoon. Grant was served his final meal Wednesday night, which included sesame chicken, egg rolls, shrimp fried rice, and a dessert.

Grant admitted to killing Brenda McElyea and Suzette Smith during a robbery at a Del City motel in 2001. However, Grant claimed that he had a mental illness. Grant’s attorney claimed that he was not mentally fit for execution.

Grant’s attorney also believed that the execution should have been delayed until the legal battle is settled over Oklahoma’s three-drug lethal injection protocol. You can read more about the lawsuit here.

Because of concern over the lethal injection protocol, and how inmate John Grant vomited during his 2021 execution, Grant and fellow death row inmate Gilbert Postelle petitioned to change the method of execution. A federal judge denied that request.

Postelle is scheduled to be executed next month.