AG Seeks New Hearing In Indian Country Death Penalty Case

Jul 11, 2013

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seeking a new hearing before a federal appeals court that overturned a man's murder convictions and death sentences.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The court ruled the slayings occurred in Indian Country and the state lacked the authority to prosecute. Pruitt's office is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal to reconsider the decision it handed down last month.

In 2004, 50-year-old David Magnan pleaded guilty in state court to three counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to execution. The shootings occurred in rural Seminole County.

The appeals court ruled the killings occurred on what's historically Indian land, over which the federal government, not the state, has prosecutorial authority.