Convicted murderer Gilbert Postelle has been executed

Gilbert Ray Postelle, 35, was executed by lethal injection. On Thursday at 10:06 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, for slaying four people. His request for a firing squad was refused.

Who was Gilbert Postelle? And why did he kill four people?

Gilbert Postelle was found guilty of killing four people on Memorial Day in 2005.
According to Police, Gilbert Postelle killed people at his father’s request who met with a motorcycle crash in 2004, which caused him several injuries. The four victims were involved in that fatal accident.
‎‎According ‎‎to ‎‎court ‎‎records, his father, Earl ‎‎Postelle, ‎‎lost ‎‎control ‎‎of ‎‎his ‎‎1972 ‎‎Harley ‎‎Davidson ‎‎and ‎‎slid ‎‎27 ‎‎feet ‎‎but ‎‎blamed ‎‎Swindle ‎‎for ‎‎the ‎‎accident. ‎‎ ‎As a result, he ‎‎suffered ‎‎brain ‎‎damage ‎‎and ‎‎frequently ‎‎had ‎‎seizures.
Earl Postelle was prosecuted alongside his son, but he was found incompetent to face trial.
In 2005, Postelle killed James Alderson, 57, Terry Smith, 56, Donnie Swindle, 49, and Amy Wright, 26, at an Oklahoma City home with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Postelle was 19 years old when he killed the four individuals, but he claimed in December 2021 that he didn’t remember the killings because he had been using methamphetamine in the days leading up to the incident.
According to court documents, Postelle commanded Alderson, Smith, Swindle, and Wright to “get on their knees” before shooting a total of 30 shots into the victims.
Gilbert Postelle was sentenced to death in 2008 and executed on February 17, 2022, 14 years later. Oklahoma’s death penalty was restored in 2021. Since then, Postelle has been the fourth person to be killed by the death penalty and the second in 2022. In December 2021, Postelle filed a stay of execution, saying that the death injection penalty is unconstitutional. Instead, he requested that he be executed by firing squad, which he was denied. He requested to be executed by firing squad, which was denied.
Postelle wouldn’t be executed until his request to be killed by firing squad was approved or denied by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, which required all five members to vote in favour of a stay of execution.

In December, Assistant Attorney General Julie Pittman told the board that two victims attempted to flee and that Postelle did not show mercy before shooting them in the back.
“In her final moments, Amy Wright was screaming and clawing the ground to escape from Gilbert Postelle,” Pittman told the board.
“He heard her screams, saw her desperate attempt to escape from him. Rather than showing Amy mercy, he shot her in the back three times.”

The board voted 4-1 to reject Postelle’s request for clemency in December 2021, and the US Supreme Court denied his request to halt the execution.

Robert Nance, Postelle’s attorney, argued against Pittman, claiming that Postelle is a “changed man” who feels sorrow for his misdeeds.

“He’s a different man than he was,” Nance added. “I think he needs a certain amount of forgiveness because he grew up in an environment that was almost exclusively negative.”
In December 2021, the board ruled 4-1 to deny Postelle’s appeal for clemency, and the US Supreme Court refused his request to stay the execution.


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