Benjamin Cole Bio – Benjamin Cole Wiki
Benjamin Cole is scheduled to be executed in Oklahoma on 20 October 2022. He was sentenced to death in December 2004 for killing his nine-month-old daughter in December 2002.
Benjamin Cole is 57 years old.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-minute appeal filed by Oklahoma death row inmate Benjamin Cole, paving the way for him to receive a lethal injection on Thursday.
Cole was convicted and sentenced to death for killing his 9-month-old daughter Brianna Cole by forcibly bending the infant backwards and breaking her spine. Prosecutors allege Cole was angry at the child for crying while he was playing a video game.
Cole’s attorneys have not disputed that he killed the infant, but they say he is severely mentally ill and that has brain damage that worsened while he has been in prison.
A state panel rejected Cole’s bid for clemency earlier this month, and a district court judge in Oklahoma determined that he was competent enough to be executed.
Cole’s execution would be the sixth since Oklahoma resumed carrying the death penalty in October 2021.