Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Oklahoma Reschedules Execution of Wade Lay From August 3, 2023, to June 6, 2024

Wade Lay, Oklahoma

Updated: Monday, July 31, 2023

Wade Lay

Wade Greely Lay was given an execution date in Oklahoma of Thursday, August 3, 2023.  His execution has been rescheduled for June 6, 2024.  Executions take place at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma.  Sixty-two-year-old Wade is convicted of murdering 36-year-old Kenneth Anderson on May 24, 2004, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  For the past 17 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.

His execution date has been rescheduled at the request of Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond. Drummond requested that several of the upcoming scheduled executions in Oklahoma be rescheduled to allow more time between executions. Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections is currently understaffed and preparing for an execution is time intensive.

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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