Eight names appear on the April Comanche County Pardon and Parole Docket, including a 65-year-old man convicted in the June 1980 scissor-mutilation death of his father in Lawton.
Court documents show that Anthony Ray Munn admitted to killing his father but said he was insane at the time of the attack. On June 25 of that year, Munn was sleeping at his parent’s home and early in the morning knocked down their bedroom door, grabbed a pair of scissors next to the bed and stabbed his father about 40 times. Reports show that Munn also removed his father’s heart and abdominal organs.
After undergoing mental evaluations, Munn was convicted in Comanche County District Court of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. In an appeal with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Munn asserted that the state did not sufficiently rebut his defense of insanity, and therefore the trial court erred in failing to direct a verdict in his favor.
A judge in the appeal case agreed “that the sentence of death should be modified to life imprisonment based on the improper cross-examination by the prosecutor inferring that if Munn were found not guilty by reason of insanity he would be shortly released from commitment.” The judge believed that the jury might have been misled in its assessment of the facts.
Munn’s name on the April docket will be a jacket review, which begins a two-part hearing for violent offenders. He will not make a personal appearance before the Pardon and Parole Board. If he is passed to the second stage, he will have a personal appearance and parties are permitted to protest and to speak on the offender’s behalf before the Board.
The meeting will be held April 12-14 at the Kate Barnard Community Correctional Center, Ted R. Logan Conference Center, located at 3300 North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City. All correspondence for the April 2021 meeting must be received no later than April 6, 2021, at 5 p.m. Confirmation numbers must be obtained no later than April 9, 2021, at 4 p.m. The process to file a protest letter concerning any person considered for parole is available at the pardon and parole website, ok.gov/ppb/documents.
Also on the docket are the following names:
Beaty, Brandon Joseph, 30, who is serving a 10-year sentence (with seven years suspended) with the DOC for a conviction of Domestic Assault and Battery by Strangulation. He began his term on Nov. 18, 2020, with 310 days of previous jail time.
Greenlee, Kevin D., 51, who is serving a 50-year sentence with the DOC for Robbery in the First Degree with Firearms. His sentence includes two consecutive counts for the same offense. He began his sentence in December 1994.
Hatfield, Steven Scott, 38, who is serving a 10-year sentence with the DOC for Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Felony. He began his sentence in September 2015.
Hix, Tildan, 37, who is serving a 10-year sentence with the DOC for Trafficking Illegal Drugs. He began his term with DOC in November 2020 after 1,152 days of jail time. Documents show he has two consecutive cases on file.
Stewart, Samuel Demetrius, 39, who is serving a 10-year sentence (with eight years suspended) for Knowingly Receiving, Concealing or Withholding Stolen Property. He began his term with the DOC in December 2020 after 347 days of jail time.
Ward, Dean Edward, 35, who is serving a four-year sentence (with two years suspended) for Domestic Abuse – Assault and Battery, Second and Subsequent. He began his term with the DOC in December 2020 after 301 days of jail time.
Williams, Willie James Jr, 42, who is serving a five-year sentence with the DOC for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Records show he also has a detainer case pending. He began his term in November 2020 after 331 days of jail time.
All favorable recommendations for pardon or parole or commutation will be sent to the governor for final approval.