Execution of James Coddington Stayed in Oklahoma

James Coddington, Oklahoma

Updated: Monday, March 7, 2022

James CoddingtonJames Coddington was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. His execution has been stayed. Forty-nine-year-old James is convicted of murdering 73-year-old Albert Troy Hale on March 5, 1997, in Choctaw, Oklahoma. James spent the last 18 years on Oklahoma’s death row.

James was physically abused as a child, suffering injuries. At the time of the murder, James worked at a Honda Salvage yard with the victim.

James Coddington was addicted to cocaine. He had gone through treatment, however, he relapsed by March 1997. He was spending approximately $1,000 a day for his habit. On March 5, 1997, Coddington robbed a convenience store to obtain money to buy cocaine. The robbery did not give him enough money

Coddington went to the home of his friend and co-worker, Al Hale. Al was known to keep large amounts of cash in the home at all times and previously helped Coddington get drug treatment. Coddington spent some time with Al watching television. He then smoked cocaine in the bathroom. Al refused to give Coddington any money and told him to leave his home.

As he was leaving the house, Coddington saw a claw hammer in the kitchen. He grabbed it, turned, and hit Al in the face at least three times. Believing Al was dead, Coddington took $525 and left. Coddington then robbed five more convenience stores.

Al’s body was found by his son on the evening of the attack. Al was still alive, but he died the next day. His cause of death was determined to be blunt force head trauma. Al also sustained defensive injuries. Coddington was arrested by the police two days later on March 7, 1997, outside his apartment.

Coddington confessed to the crime. He claimed he did not call the police because he did not want to get caught. He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 2003.

James Coddington’s execution has been stayed. James was part of a lawsuit challenging the execution protocol in the state. He was removed from the lawsuit after state officials gave notice that James did not provide a preferred alternative method of execution. Lawyers for James claim that James thought he had communicated his choice of a firing squad for an alternative method of execution. James was eventually allowed to rejoin the lawsuit. His execution was stayed due to the pending lawsuit.

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

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