Oklahoma Denys Benjamin Cole Clemency Before October 20, 2022, Execution

Benjamin Cole, Oklahoma

Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has refused to grant clemency to Benjamin Cole.  A petition was filed with the board last week claiming Cole suffers from mental illness and brain damage.

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2022

Benjamin ColeOklahoma plans to execute Benjamin R. Cole on Thursday, October 20, 2022, inside the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Fifty-seven-year-old Benjamin is convicted of murdering his nine-month-old daughter Brianna, on December 20, 2002, in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Benjamin has been on death row in Oklahoma for the past 17 years.

Benjamin had a difficult childhood. He began huffing gasoline as a child. Allegedly, Benjamin was sexually molested during his childhood and his parents did not believe him when he spoke about it. As an adult, Benjamin regularly drank alcohol. In 1987, Benjamin was convicted of abusing his infant son in California. Injuries sustained by his son included a cigarette burn to the eyelid, bruises on the head, arms, torso, and genitals, and a broken ankle.

On December 20, 2002, Benjamin Cole was at home playing video games while his nine-month-old daughter, Brianna, napped. When Brianna began crying during her nap, Cole paused the game and went to her crib. He bent Brianna’s legs backward, breaking her spine and tearing her aorta. Cole then went back to playing video games.

Brianna’s mother, Susan, eventually noticed that something was wrong with her. Cole denied there being a problem until Brianna turned blue. Brianna was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

After an autopsy was performed, Brianna’s cause of death was determined and police began investigating. Cole confessed to the murder shortly after learning the death was classified as a homicide.

This is not Benjamin Cole’s first execution. Most recently, his executions were halted due to concerns around Oklahoma’s execution drug protocol. The lawsuit in which Benjamin was a part that was challenging the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s execution protocol has since been resolved.

Benjamin’s attorneys are attempting to halt his execution, arguing that his physical and mental condition has greatly deteriorated while in prison.

Pray for peace for the family of Brianna. Pray for strength for the family of Benjamin Cole. Please pray that if Benjamin is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided before his execution. Pray that Benjamin may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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