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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Execution date set for Okla. inmate in '93 killing

  • A man convicted in the 1993 slayings of a man and his wife in Oklahoma City is scheduled to die Dec. 4.
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  • A man convicted in the 1993 slayings of a man and his wife in Oklahoma City is scheduled to die Dec. 4.
     
    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday set the execution date for 38-year-old George Ochoa.
     
    Ochoa was sentenced to die for the July 1993 killings of Francisco Morales and his wife, Maria Yanez, inside the couple's home.
     
    Ochoa's first trial in 1995 ended in a mistrial, but he was retried in March 1996 and convicted of first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree murder. A co-defendant, Osvaldo Torres, also was sentenced to die for the killings, but Torres' death sentence was commuted by former Gov. Brad Henry to life in prison without parole.
     
    A telephone message left Thursday with Ochoa's attorney was not immediately returned.

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