Oklahoma inmate executed for killing elderly couple as they waited in their home to stalk his ex

Oklahoma on Thursday morning executed an inmate who had been on death row since 2003 after he killed an elderly couple while he waited in their home to stalk his ex-girlfriend.

Scott Eizember, 62, who died at 10:15 a.m. by lethal injection at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, is the first inmate to be executed in the state in 2023.

After shooting Patsy Cantrell, 70, and bludgeoning her husband AJ Cantrell, 76, at their home in Depew, Oklahoma, Eizember crossed the street and shot his ex-girlfriend’s 16-year-old son, knocking her 63- year-old mother.

The man fled after the attacks and led police on a 37-day chase in what has been called “one of the largest manhunts” in Oklahoma history.

Scott Eizember, 62, who died at 10:15 a.m. by lethal injection at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, will be the first inmate to be executed in the state in 2023

Eizember Killed Aj And Patsy Cantrell (Third And Fourth From Left) After He Broke Into Their Home To Stalk His Ex-Girlfriend Who Lived Across The Street

Eizember killed AJ and Patsy Cantrell (third and fourth from left) after he broke into their home to stalk his ex-girlfriend who lived across the street

Eizember had entered the couple’s house after seeing them leave and killed them after they came home unexpectedly, using a shotgun he found in the house to shoot Patsy and bludgeon AJ with the weapon.

“After almost 20 years, justice has been done. I understand that nothing can ever ease the pain of the death of a loved one, but I pray that today brings closure and some measure of peace to the Cantrell family,” Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said.

Eizember was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death for the murder of AJ and received 150 years for Patsy’s death.

During the trial, lawyers said the woman was accidentally shot as Eizember struggled with AJ to take the gun.

Drummond, who was at the execution on Thursday, said in a release that Eizember’s actions “destroyed a loving family.”

“It was my solemn duty this morning to be present at the execution of Scott James Eizember, whose horrific crimes tore apart a loving family and sentenced them to a life of sorrow and loss,” the attorney general said.

Aj Was Bludgeoned To Death With A Shotgun The Couple Had In Their Home, While Patsy Was Shot And Killed

AJ was bludgeoned to death with a shotgun the couple had in their home, while Patsy was shot and killed

Eizember Was Convicted Of The Couple'S Murder In 2004

Eizember was convicted of the couple’s murder in 2004

The convicted killer then walked across the street to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Kathy Smith, where he met her relatives inside.

Prosecutors say he then shot her son in the back and assaulted her mother before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.

“He wasn’t afraid to kill again,” Assistant Attorney General Tessa Henry told the pardon office at a clemency hearing last month.

Police said the man then slammed into a nearby wooded area for more than a month before heading to Arkansas in a stolen vehicle.

There, the man kidnapped a doctor and his wife at gunpoint in their car, and drove the pair to Texas until he was finally captured.

The doctor shot Eizember four times with a gun the couple had hidden in their car, authorities said.

Kathy Smith (Left) Was The Ex-Girlfriend Who Stalked Eizember

Kathy Smith (left) was the ex-girlfriend who stalked Eizember


Eizember'S Lawyers Claimed That The Man Was Deeply Sorry For His Actions

Eizember’s lawyers claimed that the man was deeply sorry for his actions

A federal jury in Arkansas also convicted Eizember in 2005 of two counts of kidnapping and one count of carjacking and using a firearm in a violent crime.

In that case, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Eizember’s lawyers filed a pardon with the state’s Pardon and Parole Board in December, stating that he killed the couple, but that the killings were spontaneous.

“He has felt remorse every day of his imprisonment. There is no reason to kill him next month other than revenge,” lawyer Mark Henricksen said at the time.

Eizember also spoke to the board from prison and said he “apologises profusely” for his actions.

‘I’m not making excuses. I belong in prison,” Eizember said last month. “I’ve said that from the beginning and I apologize to all the victims and when I say everything I mean the entire Creek County community.”

The board rejected his clemency recommendation by a 3-2 vote.

The Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Rejected The Man'S Clemency Application In December

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board rejected the man’s clemency application in December

Debra Wyatt (Center) Attended The Pardon Board Meeting To Hear If Her Parents' Killer Would Be Pardoned

Debra Wyatt (center) attended the Pardon Board meeting to hear if her parents’ killer would be pardoned

In a last-minute request, Eizember’s lawyers filed a lawsuit to have his spiritual advisor with him at the time of his death.

The Department of Corrections initially rejected its minister, Rev. Jeff Hood of Arkansas.

Officials were hesitant to let Hood in because of his history of anti-death penalty activism, including arrests.

Just a day before his death, the Department of Corrections changed course and allowed Hood to attend.

Officials said the Cantrell’s relatives were concerned the lawsuit could lead to the execution being called off.

In A Last-Minute Filing, Eizember'S Lawyers Filed A Lawsuit To Have His Spiritual Advisor, Reverend Jeff Hood, With Him At The Time Of His Death.  The Doc Later Changed Course And Allowed Him To Attend

In a last-minute filing, Eizember’s lawyers filed a lawsuit to have his spiritual advisor, Reverend Jeff Hood, with him at the time of his death. The DOC later changed course and allowed him to attend

Officials Said The Cantrell'S Relatives Were Concerned The Lawsuit Could Lead To The Execution Being Called Off If Rev. Hood Was Not Cleared

Officials said the Cantrell’s relatives were concerned the lawsuit could lead to the execution being called off if Rev. Hood was not cleared

This Is The Oklahoma State Penitentiary Where Eizember Was Murdered Thursday

This is the Oklahoma State Penitentiary where Eizember was murdered Thursday

Eizember was the eighth inmate to be executed since the state resumed executions in 2021.

Oklahoma used a lethal injection of three drugs, including a sedative that renders the prisoner unconscious, vecuronium bromide that paralyzes the person, and then potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

The convicted murderer is the first of 10 death row inmates to be executed in Oklahoma in 2023.

According to local media, one execution is planned in the state almost every month of 2023.

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