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Oklahoma Executes Convicted Killer

May 30, 2001

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma carried out its 13th execution of the year Tuesday night, killing a man who murdered a woman at the request of her common-law husband and a friend.

Vincent Allen Johnson, a 42-year-old former oil field worker, said in a taped confession he was expecting payment of $100,000 for killing Shirley Mooneyham, 44.

Before the injection, Johnson was asked if he had anything to say. He looked at the ceiling and said: ``No sir, I don’t.″

Authorities said Johnson, firing from guns held in each hand, shot Mooneyham six times in 1991. Her estranged common-law husband, Ted Holt, was acquitted on murder charges. The friend, John Crain, was never brought to trial.

During Johnson’s trial he maintained his innocence, but authorities produced three earlier confessions, including one that was on audiotape.

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