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Mexican Prisoner's Execution Stayed

August 18, 2001|Reuters

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Mexican prisoner scheduled to be executed Aug. 30 received a 30-day reprieve Friday when Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating granted him more time to explore new appeals.

Keating spokesman Dan Mahoney said the stay was given to Gerardo Valdez "out of courtesy" to the Mexican government, which has asked Oklahoma not to kill him. Keating previously declined a request from Mexico to commute Valdez's sentence to life in prison.

Valdez, 41, was sentenced to be executed by injection for the murder in 1989 of a man who made sexual advances toward him. He told police he burned the body in a barbecue pit.

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