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    James Allen Coddington - Oklahoma Death Row






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    James Allen Coddington was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 for the 1997 murder of Albert Troy Hale, a co-worker at a Choctaw auto parts store. Resentenced to death in June 2008.

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    Oklahoma man takes 1997 Choctaw murder case to state Court of Appeals

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday in a death penalty case stemming from a 1997 murder at Choctaw.

    Lawyers for 38-year-old James Allen Coddington will ask the court to overturn his death sentence. Coddington was convicted in 2003 after admitting he beat 73-year-old Albert Hale to death. Prosecutors say Coddington beat Hale with a hammer because Hale refused to lend him $50 to buy drugs. The sentence was thrown out on appeal in 2003, but a jury reinstated it in 2008. This is Coddington's first appeal since the new sentencing.

    The five-judge panel is not expected to make an immediate decision. Coddington is in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

    http://www.kfor.com/news/sns-ap-ok--...,0,19795.story

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    Convicted killer in Oklahoma says judge left courtroom

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for an Oklahoma death row inmate said he should be resentenced because a judge briefly stepped out of the courtroom while jurors watched a video during the trial's sentencing phase.

    Thirty-eight-year-old James Allen Coddington was convicted of beating a Choctaw man to death in 1997 with a hammer. His lawyers claim the judge left the courtroom during the video, but the judge said he cannot remember doing so. Attorneys for the state said that regardless of whether the judge left, Coddington's conviction and death sentence should stand.

    Prosecutors said Coddington beat 73-year-old Albert Hale because Hale refused to lend him $50 to buy drugs. The initial sentence was thrown out on appeal in 2003, but a jury reinstated it in 2008. There was no immediate decision from the court.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic...150&rss_lnk=12

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    Appeals court upholds Choctaw man's death penalty

    A state appeals court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of first-degree murder for the beating death of a 73-year-old Choctaw man.


    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Friday upheld the death sentence of 39-year-old James Allen Coddington of Choctaw.

    Coddington was convicted of murder and sentenced to die in 2003 for the 1997 beating death of Albert Hale. Authorities said Coddington beat Hale on the head with a hammer because Hale wouldn't give him money to buy drugs.

    The appeals court overturned Coddington's original death sentence, but a different jury imposed another death sentence in 2008.

    The court's opinion said jurors at Coddington's second sentencing trial found that Hales' death was atrocious and cruel and that Coddington posed a continuing threat to society.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic...0_OKLAHO344204

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    CODDINGTON v. STATE

    In an opinion dated August 23, 2011, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals DENIED Coddington's petition for post-conviction relief.

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    In today's United States Supreme Court orders, Coddington's petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis was DENIED.

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    On December 12, 2011, Coddington filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/okl...cv01457/82546/

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    Oklahoma seems to be setting up as an efficient and effective death penalty state!

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    Yeah, that is pretty quick--from sentencing in June 2008 to filing a federal habeas petition in December 2011. At this rate, he may conceivably get an execution date in 2013--a five-year turnaround (kind of like in the Old Dominion).

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