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Oklahoma Executes Michael Dewayne Smith for Double Murder

Hoover Killer

Oklahoma Executes Michael Dewayne Smith for Double Murder. Michael Dewayne Smith, 41, was executed shortly after 10 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Smith was convicted of murdering 40-year-old Janet Moore and 24-year-old Sharath Babu Pulluru on February 22, 2002.

Moore was shot and killed at her east Oklahoma City apartment after Smith mistakenly believed her son was a snitch. On arrival, Smith, 19, admitted to shooting Moore because she panicked and phoned for aid. Smith shot Pulluru nine times at A&Z Food Mart in south Oklahoma City after this horrible deed. Smith’s incorrect idea that Pulluru had spoken to the media about a previous shooting prompted this second murder.

Reaffirming Smith’s guilt, Attorney General Gentner Drummond stated,

“There is no doubt in my mind that his request for clemency should be denied.”

Due to Smith’s difficult past and purported intellectual limitations, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty opposed the execution.

Smith was known as “Hoover Killer” or “HK.” He was a member of the Oak Grove Posse, an Oklahoma City street gang. Before these murders, Smith was sentenced to life for shooting Otis Payne in November 2001.

Smith’s execution went on after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board decided 4-1 to refuse clemency in March, despite his repeated claims of innocence. Moore and Pulluru’s families attended the hearing and asked the board to grant clemency, citing Smith’s catastrophic impact on their lives.

Both families expressed thanks for justice after the execution. The impact of Moore’s death on future generations was remembered by her family. In mourning Sharath, the Pulluru family stressed his importance to them and expressed relief that justice had been done.

The execution of Michael Dewayne Smith concludes a lengthy legal process and highlights the intricacies of the death penalty debate. Some see it as justice for victims and their families, but others worry about its use, especially in mental health instances.

After two decades, Michael Dewayne Smith was executed, reigniting concerns about the death penalty and its justice. According to death punishment supporters, Smith’s execution brings closure to the families of Janet Moore and Sharath Babu Pulluru, who were brutally murdered. Oklahoma’s prompt and decisive action deters future offenders and reaffirms society’s commitment to punishing horrible acts.

The execution is serious, but questions remain regarding the death penalty’s wider effects. Critics say executions like Smith’s prolong violence and fail to address systemic inequalities, poverty, and mental health that lead to crime.

Some urge for heavy sanctions to deter crime and ensure justice, while others emphasize treating core problems and implementing evidence-based initiatives to prevent future tragedies.

Oklahoma faces basic challenges regarding punishment and human rights in the wake of Smith’s death. The execution of Smith highlights the ethical and legal issues at stake in the death penalty debate.

Michael Dewayne Smith’s case has sparked discussions about justice, compassion, and the social responsibility to create a more equitable and humane society. His crimes will shape public conversation and challenge our ideas of retribution and redemption for years to come, regardless of whether his execution leads to criminal justice reform.


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