Oklahoma set to execute death row inmate Gilbert Postelle on Thursday

MCALESTER, Okla. — Oklahoma is scheduled to execute death row inmate Gilbert Postelle Thursday.

Postelle was convicted of murdering four people in Oklahoma County on Memorial Day in 2005. He believed his victims were responsible for injuring his father in a motorcycle accident.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 to reject Postelle’s clemency petition in late 2021. Multiple federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, denied halting the execution.

Postelle’s execution is scheduled for Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

The death row inmate’s family has asked Gov. Kevin Stitt to show mercy and grant clemency. If the governor doesn’t, Postelle will be the second inmate Oklahoma has put to death in 2022 and the fourth since restarting the program in late 2021.