Second Oklahoma death row inmate denied clemency in two days

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma death row inmate Gilbert Postelle was denied clemency Wednesday, a day after Donald Grant was also denied clemency. The decision was pushed through by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board with a 4-1 vote.

Postelle’s death sentence was upheld for killing four people in a Del City mobile home park in 2005. His attorneys asked the board to commute Postelle’s sentence to life without parole.

In response to the denial, Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) Chair Rev. Don Heath said in a statement, “I’m surprised and I wonder what it will take for the Pardon and Parole Board to grant mercy to a death row inmate. Gilbert Postelle was barely over the legal age and barely had the minimum I.Q. in order to be eligible for the death penalty. He had a horrid upbringing and was introduced to meth by his father and became addicted to it. He gave compelling testimony today that he was a changed person, but it didn’t matter.”

This is the second death row inmate in Oklahoma to be denied clemency in two days. Grant was denied clemency Tuesday and is scheduled to be executed Dec. 9.

This comes at the heels of Julius Jones’ commuted life sentence. Jones was granted clemency by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Nov. 18, mere hours before his scheduled execution.

Postelle’s execution is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2022.