Next death row inmate set to be executed in Oklahoma files for clemency

The next death row inmate who is set to be executed in Oklahoma has filed for clemency.

Benjamin Cole, who is scheduled to be put to death at the end of October, was convicted of killing his infant daughter in 2002.

In their clemency filing, Cole’s attorneys said their client suffers from severe mental illness and that he has no rational understanding of why the state is executing him. They do not deny he killed his child.

They said Cole has paranoid schizophrenia and brain damage. Attorney Tim Hird wrote that Cole’s mental health has deteriorated dramatically over his years in solitary confinement, and he is now so physically compromised that he can barely move.

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