Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) responds to denial of clemency for death row prisoner Scott Eizember
Oklahoma City — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency today (Wednesday, December 7) to death row prisoner Scott Eizember by a vote of 3-2.
Mr. Eizember is scheduled for execution on January 12.
Eizember’s attorney, Mark Henricksen, appealed to the Board to grant clemency because the crimes Eizember committed were unplanned and impulsive.
Henricksen told the Board that Eizember has been a model prisoner since he was incarcerated 19 years ago and that he recognizes that he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. Eizember has taught himself five languages and studied higher mathematics and physics while on death row. He would like to spend the rest of his life helping to teach literacy and basic math skills to other prisoners.
Eizember appeared at the hearing by video link and apologized to the victims and their families.
The clemency packet filed by Eizember’s attorneys is available here:
In response to the Board’s denial of clemency, Rev. Don Heath, OK-CADP chair, made the following statement:
“Scott Eizember’s actions caused much pain and tragedy. He is 61 years old. He is no longer a threat to society. For the State to kill him only compounds violence and tragedy. The Board again asked no questions of the parties and had no discussion before it voted. These votes are becoming pro forma. Pleas for mercy and forgiveness are futile.”