Oklahoma executes death row inmate Gilbert Postelle

MCALESTER, Okla. — UPDATE, 2/17/22, 12:12 p.m.: Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, along with media witnesses, say the execution went off without any issues. Postelle was pronounced dead at 10:14 a.m.

Sean Murphy, a reporter with the Associated Press, said that Postelle shed a tear just minutes before he was declared dead.

Shelli Milner spoke to reporters following the execution. She is the sister of Donnie Swindle, Junior, one of the victims. During her statement, she said that today didn’t bring closure. Postelle’s family now grieves as her family has for nearly two decades.

“He got what he deserved today,” said Milner


The State of Oklahoma has executed Gilbert Postelle.

Postelle was sentenced to death for killing four people in 2005 in Oklahoma County. He believed the victims were responsible for a motorcycle accident that seriously injured his father.

Postelle is the second inmate executed in Oklahoma this year. His execution is expected to be the last before a federal lawsuit involving Oklahoma’s death row inmates goes to court.

The lawsuit challenges the state’s current execution protocol. It was filed after Clayton Lockett’s death in 2014. Lockett convulsed during the process.

A representative for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Postelle’s last meal included chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, fries, soda, and a blended coffee.

Earlier this week, advocates hosted a rally in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, asking for last minute clemency.