The 37th Execution of 2013
Ronald Clinton Lott was executed in Oklahoma on December 10, 2013 for raping and murdering two elderly women in the 1980s, reported CBS News. Lott was the fifth person executed in Oklahoma this year.
Lott was convicted of raping and killing Anna Laura Fowler, 83, in 1986 and Zelma Cutler, 90, in 1987 in their Oklahoma City City homes. DNA evidence linked him to the crimes. He made no final statement.
"Ronald Lott was sentenced to death by a jury of his peers for the heinous and unconscionable acts he committed against Anna and Zelma in their homes," Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement.
According to Oklahoma criminal appeals court records, evidence presented at trial suggested Lott attacked the women and sat on their chests, breaking their ribs. Both had numerous bruises and were asphyxiated.
Another man, Robert Lee Miller Jr., had originally confessed to the rape and murder of the two women and served 11 years, seven on death row, before DNA evidence led authorities to Lott. Miller was released in 1998.
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