Pictures of Brooke Whitaker, 24, and her daughter, Kya, 7 months old, were framed and hung as ornaments in 2010 on the Tree of Honor during a ceremony for victims of violent crime. The Whitakers were murdered June 23, 2007.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't overturn a death sentence for a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her infant daughter in Oklahoma.
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Raymond Eugene Johnson. Johnson was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder by a Tulsa County jury in 2009 in the June 2007 deaths of Brooke Whitaker, 24, and her 7-month-old daughter, Kya Whitaker.
Prosecutors said Johnson beat Brooke Whitaker in the head with a hammer, set her on fire and left her and the baby to burn in their gasoline-doused home.
Oklahoma courts have refused to stop his execution, and the high court now also has refused to intervene.
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