Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty sets ‘Don’t Kill For Me’ for scheduled execution of Phillip Hancock

Oklahoma City – On Thursday, November 30, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) asks the public to join them at the Phillip Hancock “Don’t Kill for Me” demonstration in protest of his scheduled execution that morning at 10 a.m. The demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion, at 820 NE 23rd Street at Phillips Avenue.

Participants will begin a silent vigil at 10 a.m. until notice of a stay of execution is received or the execution is carried out.

The vigil will conclude with a circle prayer.

The vigil will be canceled if the execution is postponed or canceled.

Mr. Hancock was convicted for the 2001 murders of Robert Jett and James Lynch in Oklahoma, for which he has always maintained he acted in self-defense.

On Nov, 8, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended in favor of clemency for Phillip Hancock by a vote of 3-2.

“We are hoping that Governor Stitt will find mercy and forgiveness in his heart and commute Phillip Hancock’s sentence to life without parole,” said Rev. Don Heath, OK-CADP chair.

The clemency packet filed by Hancock’s attorneys is available here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CyJafU4MZ3yGSD_HYt9XPJeR-0vSPU8i/view

Mr. Hancock would be the eleventh person to be executed in Oklahoma after a six-year moratorium ended in October 2021.

A previous news story about the Hancock case can be studied, here:

Notes: Patrick B. McGuigan prepared this story for posting, using a press release transmitted from the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP), of which he is a dues-paying member. Pat is the author of many commentaries and news reports about capital punishment, including Oklahoma’s process. His past articles on this issue can be accessed at citynewsok.com or on CapitolBeatOK.com, which he founded in 2009. CapitolBeatOK.com is an independent, locally-managed and non-partisan news service based in Oklahoma City.