Oklahoma Cancels Execution of Wade Lay Before January 6, 2022

Wade Lay, Oklahoma

Updated: Monday, January 3, 2022

Wade LayWade Greely Lay was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 10 am local time, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma.  His execution is stayed. Sixty-year-old Wade is convicted of murdering 36-year-old Kenneth Anderson on May 24, 2004, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For the past 16 years, Wade has been on death row in Oklahoma.

On May 24, 2004, Wade Lay and his son Christopher Lay entered a bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were wearing ski masks and gloves. Both men were armed, as they were planning to rob the bank.

Upon entering the bank, Christopher ordered the employees to get on the ground. This attracted the attention of the security guard, Kenneth Anderson. A shootout resulted. Wade and Christopher both received injuries and fled the bank without any cash. Police arrested them later that same day. The security guard died from his injuries.

Wade and Christopher both admitted their guilt and were tried together. However, Christopher chose to be represented by an attorney, while Wade represented himself. In defense, both men argued that their actions were justifiable. Wade and Christopher sought to rob the bank to start a patriotic revolution to hold accountable those they thought were responsible for the 80 Branch Davidians who died in Waco, Texas, after a standoff with law enforcement.

Wade was sentenced to death, while Christopher was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Oklahoma has agreed to halt Wade’s execution due to concerns over his mental competency.  It is possible that Wade’s execution will be rescheduled if a jury finds that Wade is mentally competent.

Wade Lay’s execution date has been removed by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  Wade’s execution was previously stayed to allow a jury to determine Wade’s mental competency.  By canceling the execution date, the 35 day observation period for death row inmates prior to their execution is also canceled.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections cancelled Wade’s execution date.  By canceling the execution date, the 35 day observation period for death row inmates prior to their execution is also canceled.

Pray for peace and healing for the family of Kenneth Anderson. Pray for the family of Wade Lay. Please pray that if Wade should not be executed for any reason, evidence will be presented before his execution. Pray that Wade finds peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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