Oklahoma Gives John Grant New Execution Date of October 28, 2021

John Grant, Oklahoma

Updated: Friday, October 22, 2021

John Grant has requested a stay of execution.  Earlier this year, John and several other inmates were dismissed from a lawsuit which challenged the state’s execution protocol.  The men were removed from the lawsuit for failing “to propose an alternative method of carrying out their sentence of death.”  After being removed from the lawsuit, Oklahoma Attorney General requested execution dates for the men.  Since then, one inmate has been allowed to rejoin the lawsuit.  John and the others are now seeking to do the same.

Updated: Monday, October 18, 2021

John Grant

John Marion Grant is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma.  Sixty-year-old John is sentenced to death for murdering of Gay Carter at the Dick Conner Correctional Facility near Hominy, Oklahoma, on November 13, 1998.  John spent the last 21 years on Oklahoma’s death row.

John is one of nine children and his father left home before John was born.  Although his mother had other children, John lacked a positive male role model during his childhood.  His mother struggled to provide for her family and, for a while, they lived in a shack that had no indoor plumbing.  John first left home at the ago of 12, and began stealing and getting into trouble with the police as a teenager.  His family alleges that the items he stole were necessities for the younger children.  John is described as a “sweet,” “loving,” “quiet,” “sensitive,” and “gentle” child while growing up.  He is also described as showing concern for his brothers and sisters and their children.  When he was 17, John received a sentence of one year in an adult prison. 

In 1980, John Grant received a sentence totaling 130 years in prison for four separate armed robberies.  While in the Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Grant was working in the prison kitchen, along with Gay Carter.  Gay was a Department of Corrections employee serving as the food service supervisor.  After fighting with other inmates, Grant lost his job working in the kitchen and threatened Gay.

On November 12 and 13, 1998, Grant argued with Gay over his breakfast tray, threatening Gay on both days.  On November 13, Grant was seen by fellow inmates loitering near a storage closet adjacent to the main dining area.  As Gay returned to the main dining area, she was pulled by Grant into a mop closet.  Grant held her mouth shut and stabbed her sixteen times with a “shank,” similar to a sharpened screwdriver.  One of the stab wounds was to Gay’s aorta artery, causing rapid blood loss and death.

Grant attempted to flee but stabbed himself when he was cornered.  A special team of correctional officers subdued Grant with an electrical shock device.

John Grant had previous execution dates in 2014 and 2015.  Those executions received stays for differing reasons and the issues leading to the stays have been resolved, allowing Oklahoma to pursue a new execution date for John.

John asked for clemency from the Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board.  They denied recommending clemency by a vote of 3-2.

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Gay Carter.  Please pray for strength for the family of John Grant.  Pray that if John is innocent, lacks the mental competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be presented before his execution.  Please pray that John may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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