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Oklahoma Executes Store Killer

January 24, 2001

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) _ One of two men convicted in three slayings at a grocery store in 1985 was executed Tuesday.

Mark Andrew Fowler, 35, was put to death with a lethal injection.

Family members witnessing the execution joined in when Fowler began reciting a prayer before he died.

He was the fifth killer executed this month in Oklahoma. His accomplice, Billy Ray Fox, 34, is to become the sixth Thursday.

Fowler and Fox were arrested the day after the slayings of three grocery store employees in Edmond. Rick Cast, 33, and Chumpon Chaowasin, 44, were shot in the head and John Barrier, 27, had been beaten and stabbed.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson said testimony showed the killer couldn’t have acted alone.

``Both of them pointed the finger at the other as the more involved of the two, but the evidence was clear,″ he said.

Fowler had maintained he was a lookout during the killings, but he apologized to the victims’ families at his clemency hearing.

``I have always believed in an `eye for and eye,′ ″ Linda Barrier, the sister of victim John Barrier, wrote to a clemency board. ``I have waited 15 years for the final chapter.″

Death penalty opponents protested Tuesday on the grounds of the building that houses the state Pardon and Parole Board. Seven were arrested for trespassing.

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