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Attorney General Pruitt Requests Execution Date for Brian Darrell Davis

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Monday filed a request with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for Kay County death row inmate Brian Darrell Davis, 38. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Davis’ final appeal on Monday.

In January 2003, Davis was found guilty by a jury for the November 2001 first-degree murder and rape of his girlfriend’s mother, Jody Sanford, 52, of Ponca City. He was sentenced to death for the murder and 100 years for rape.

In November 2001, Davis was living with his girlfriend, Stacey Sanford. They had ended the relationship, but he refused to move out.

The night of the murder, Stacey spent the night at a hotel after Davis had been drinking. Davis called Stacey’s parents looking for her and Jody Sanford became concerned. Unable to locate her daughter, Jody Sanford went to Stacey's apartment.

While at the apartment, there was an altercation between Davis and Jody Sanford. The next morning, Stacey found her mother’s body. She had been beaten and stabbed six times. DNA evidence showed Jody Sanford had been raped.

In Monday’s filing, General Pruitt asked the court to set the date “sixty days after April 15, 2013.”


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