Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends clemency for death row inmate James Coddington

Coddington was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale at the victim's home in Oklahoma County

I WILL DO THAT IN A FEW MINUTES. SHELBY: BREAKING NEWS IN THE PAST FEW MINUTES, THE OKLAHOMA PARDON AND PAROLE BOARD VOTING IN THE CASE OF JAMES CODDINGTON, RECOMMENDING CLEMENCY. HE WAS CONVICTED IN THE 1990 SEVEN BEATING DEATH OF ALBERT HALE. TODAY’S HEARING STARTED AT 9:00 WITH THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA. CODDINGTON’S ATTORNEY AND CODDINGTON HIMSELF SPEAKING.

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends clemency for death row inmate James Coddington

Coddington was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale at the victim's home in Oklahoma County

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for a death row inmate convicted of killing a co-worker almost 25 years ago.| MORE | Man convicted of killing friend in 1997 set to be executed in Oklahoma next monthJames Coddington was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale at the victim's home in Oklahoma County. Prosecutors said Coddington beat Hale in the head with a hammer and robbed him after Hale refused to loan Coddington money to buy cocaine.Coddington's hearing was scheduled for last week, but the Pardon and Parole Board rescheduled it to Wednesday because of a conflict. | MORE | Group asks for mercy, clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate James CoddingtonGov. Kevin Stitt will now decide whether to grant Coddington clemency. Coddington's execution date is scheduled for Aug. 25.Attorney General John O'Connor released the following statement about the board's decision."I am disappointed that three members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for James Coddington. Coddington bludgeoned Albert Hale, a 73-year-old United States Navy veteran, to death with a hammer on March 5, 1997, when Hale refused to give Coddington money to buy drugs. The two men worked together at a salvage yard at the time Coddington went to Mr. Hale’s home for money."Two different Oklahoma juries found that the murder was so heinous that death was the appropriate punishment. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board hearing is not designed to be a substitute for a trial before a jury. The juries heard evidence about Coddington’s childhood environment and brain development during the sentencing phase of the trials. The jury also concluded that Coddington was a continuing threat to society – both inside and outside of prison walls. "The judge agreed and imposed the sentence, which was affirmed after years of thorough reviews by the appellate courts. It is a just and appropriate sentence for the brutal murder of an innocent man."My office will continue to stand on the irrefutable facts of this case and with the family of Albert Hale and with all Oklahomans, by opposing Coddington’s request for relief from the governor."

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for a death row inmate convicted of killing a co-worker almost 25 years ago.

| MORE | Man convicted of killing friend in 1997 set to be executed in Oklahoma next month

James Coddington was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale at the victim's home in Oklahoma County. Prosecutors said Coddington beat Hale in the head with a hammer and robbed him after Hale refused to loan Coddington money to buy cocaine.

Coddington's hearing was scheduled for last week, but the Pardon and Parole Board rescheduled it to Wednesday because of a conflict.

| MORE | Group asks for mercy, clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate James Coddington

Gov. Kevin Stitt will now decide whether to grant Coddington clemency. Coddington's execution date is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Attorney General John O'Connor released the following statement about the board's decision.

"I am disappointed that three members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for James Coddington. Coddington bludgeoned Albert Hale, a 73-year-old United States Navy veteran, to death with a hammer on March 5, 1997, when Hale refused to give Coddington money to buy drugs. The two men worked together at a salvage yard at the time Coddington went to Mr. Hale’s home for money.

"Two different Oklahoma juries found that the murder was so heinous that death was the appropriate punishment. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board hearing is not designed to be a substitute for a trial before a jury. The juries heard evidence about Coddington’s childhood environment and brain development during the sentencing phase of the trials. The jury also concluded that Coddington was a continuing threat to society – both inside and outside of prison walls.

"The judge agreed and imposed the sentence, which was affirmed after years of thorough reviews by the appellate courts. It is a just and appropriate sentence for the brutal murder of an innocent man.

"My office will continue to stand on the irrefutable facts of this case and with the family of Albert Hale and with all Oklahomans, by opposing Coddington’s request for relief from the governor."