McALESTER, Okla. — An Oklahoma death row inmate convicted of the 1993 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma City couple has been executed.
George Ochoa was given an injection of lethal drugs Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester.
The 38-year-old Ochoa was one of two men convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez. Investigators say Morales was shot 12 times and Yanez 11 times in their bedroom on July 12, 1993. The couple’s three children were inside the house at the time of the shootings.
Last month, the Pardon and Parole Board rejected Ochoa’s request that it recommend his sentence be reduced to life in prison. Ochoa’s lawyers claimed he suffered from poor mental health and hallucinations.