A federal judge and an appeals court both have rejected an attempt by an Oklahoma inmate to stop his pending execution for the slayings of two people.
U.S. District Judge David Russell in Oklahoma City and a three-judge panel of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver both on Monday denied inmate George Ochoa's attempt for a stay of execution.
The 38-year-old Ochoa is scheduled to be executed Tuesday for the 1993 shooting deaths of two people in their Oklahoma City home while three of the couple's young children were present. Ochoa maintains he is innocent.
Ochoa's attorneys claim their client is insane and that Oklahoma's procedure for determining competency to be executed is unconstitutional. But both courts rejected those claims in their orders on Monday.