On Dec. 16, officials at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester rushed death row inmate Gary Roland Welch to the hospital after he tried to commit suicide by slashing his neck.
Doctors patched him up and sent him back to OSPs infirmary unit with enough time for him to make a Jan. 5 execution date. Convicted for a 1994 stabbing death, Welch evidently tried to kill himself after the state pardon and parole board narrowly denied a bid for clemency.
was a much different story in Oklahoma County District Court for Paris
Lapriest Powell. A one-time death row inmate on trial last week for rape
and kidnapping, he abruptly fired his court-appointed public defender and
decided to represent himself. Powell proceeded to win an acquittal
extraordinarily rare in such cases.
hes still going to see some time behind bars. Powell was slapped with
contempt of court after telling District Judge Jerry Bass, I dont
fucking care what you do, homey, a phrase that were fairly sure weve
never heard in any episode of Law & Order. The judge sentenced
Powell to 30 days in county jail.