ADA — After deliberating more than 10 and a half hours, a Pontotoc County jury remained deadlocked in a death penalty sentence for an Ada man. As a result, Judge Thomas Landrith issued a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Glen Gore.

Gore was convicted Wednesday of murdering Debra Sue Carter in 1982.

Landrith dismissed the jury at 2:25 a.m. Friday morning after ruling a reasonable amount of time to reach a verdict had been given and the vote remained 11-1. A lone juror fought against the death penalty creating the deadlock.

When no progress had been made for more than five hours, the judge dismissed the jury.

Without objection by prosecution or defense attorneys Landrith sentenced Gore to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  The family of Gore huddled together and cried with relief at the sentence.

Gore must file an appeal within 10 days if he plans to contest the sentence.

Richard M. Wintory, special prosecutor for the state, thanked the jurors who waited on the first floor of the courthouse for their efforts, but reeled when they said the jury fore-person thought she might have been able to persuade the lone juror if the jury had been given five more minutes. They went on to say it did not seem to them that given more time the single juror would have changed his or her mind.

Carter’s brutally raped and lifeless body was discovered Dec. 8, 1982, in her Ada apartment. Originally convicted in the crime were Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz. DNA testing later excluded Williamson and Fritz as the murderers. The two were released in April 1999 after spending 12 years in prison. Fritz had been sentenced to life in prison and Williamson was five days away from execution. Williamson died in 2004.

DNA testing also demonstrated that Gore had been at the scene and he was convicted of the crime in May 2003.

In August 2005, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Gore was denied a fair trial.

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