|Roman Colosseum lit to protest an execution|
What is particularly unusual about this case is that Selsor's original death sentence was reduced to life when the Oklahoma death penalty law was found unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1976. However, Selsor continued to challenge his conviction, which was eventually overturned by a federal appeals court in 1996, and a new trial was ordered. Selsor was convicted of first-degree murder at his retrial and sentenced to death.
This is the 18th execution in the United States this year, and the third in Oklahoma.