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May 1, 2012

Convicted killer is set to be executed tonight

McALESTER — Oklahoma State Penitentiary death row inmate Michael Bascum Selsor, 57, is set to be executed today at 6 p.m. in the prison’s death chamber.

On April 16, the convicted killer was denied clemency by a 4-1 vote of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Selsor was set to be served his last meal at about noon today. He requested Kentucky Fried Chicken’s crispy two breast and one wing meal with potato wedges and baked beans, with an added thigh, apple turnover, two biscuits and honey, salt, pepper and ketchup.

Selsor received his death sentence for the Sept. 15, 1975, murder of 55-year-old Clayton Chandler. Selsor was also convicted of shooting with the intent to kill 20-year-old Ina Morris. Both crimes took place on the same day when Selsor, along with accomplice Richard Eugene Dodson, now 71, robbed a Tulsa convenience store.

In 1976, Selsor was tried by a jury and sentenced to death. Later that year, Oklahoma’s death penalty was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals adjusted Selsor’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole. In 1996, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Selsor’s conviction. During a retrial in 1998, Selsor was again convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Selsor is also serving a 20-year sentence for shooting with the intent to kill.

Dodson was acquitted for the murder of Chandler but was convicted of robbery and shooting with the intent to kill Morris after a former felony conviction. Dodson was sentenced to 50 years for armed robbery, and 199 years for shooting with intent to kill. Dodson is currently in custody at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, where he has been since January of 1977. Dodson’s parole hearing is scheduled for November 2013.

During the robbery, Chandler was shot six times and died. Morris was also shot several times but survived.

Along with the murder conviction, and shooting with intent to kill, Selsor is also serving 10 years for robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a firearm. He is also serving 18 months for a 1985 conviction of attempted escape from a penal institution. According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website, Selsor has been housed at OSP since April 24, 1985.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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