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July 10, 2009

Killer is executed at OSP

McALESTER — Orville Bullard and Paul Morgan were spending the last night of their fall fishing vacation sleeping in a camper along the Glover River in southern Oklahoma when shotgun blasts rang out.

Ambushed by three men, Bullard, 60, and Morgan, 54, were shot to death and their bodies set on fire, burned beyond recognition.

On Thursday, Michael P. DeLozier, 32, was put to death for the Sept. 24, 1995, killings. DeLozier was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection inside the death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

“They were two middle-aged men that were on an outing to enjoy the beautiful fall days of squirrel hunting and fishing along the Glover River,” Morgan’s wife, Phyllis Setzer, wrote in a letter to the state Pardon and Parole Board earlier this year. “Steve and Lewis were unarmed men, who were murdered for a generator, food, and the few possessions that were kept inside the camper.”

DeLozier declined to give any last words shortly before receiving the lethal injection. In a statement released by his lawyers earlier in the day, DeLozier admitted he killed the two men and apologized to their families.

“I cannot wait to finish paying this debt I owe so I can apologize to the souls of Mr. Morgan and Mr. Bullard, and ask them to forgive me for my taking their lives,” DeLozier wrote. “To the families of my victims all I can say is I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused you. I hope my death will bring you some peace.”

Two of DeLozier’s attorneys, his wife from the Netherlands whom he married while in prison and two female in-laws witnessed the execution. DeLozier, wearing glasses and a full beard, nodded to the women and smiled before he closed his eyes and laid his head back on the gurney.

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