Oklahoma death row inmate found dead in cell
MCALESTER, Okla. (KOKH) —
An inmate on Oklahoma's death row is dead from suicide.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott confirms that 35-year-old Jeremy Williams was found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at approximately 11:14 p.m. June 9.
Williams was discovered by a jail staff conducting a count on death row. The man was reportedly found with a ligature around his neck.
In March 2006, Williams was convicted of first degree murder for his part in a the 2004 shooting of bank teller Amber Rogers during a robbery in Tulsa County. In January 2016, he exhausted his appeals. His execution date was pending as the state continues to work on its execution protocol.
Executions in Oklahoma have been put on hold since September 2015, after an inmate was put to death using the wrong drugs. The Oklahoma DOC announced in March that they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates. A protocol for the procedure was expected to take three to four months to develop and then would be pending a 150-day waiting period for a federal review.