TULSA - A man charged with brutally attacking an elderly couple, raping the woman and beating the man, is not facing the death penalty.
Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said he will not pursue the death penalty for Tyrone Woodfork, who is jailed in connection with the March 2012 death of 84-year-old Nancy Strait, because of Woodfork's "mental limitations."
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Woodfork, now 21, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape in Strait's death and sexual assault. Her husband, 90-year-old Bob Strait, was severely beaten. He died less than two months later.
“There was much debate within our office as to whether we should seek the death penalty on this defendant because of the egregious nature of the crime and the age of Ms. Strait," said First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond. "But ultimately the fact he had a borderline IQ score, as well as other mental history, led us to our decision.”
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Woodfork is also charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
The jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.
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