The state attorney general has named a former United States attorney to investigate alleged “improprieties” by the state parole board that led to the release on parole of a man accused of killing three victims, and removing the heart from one of them and eating it.
The special prosecutor will also be investigating the board’s recent vote to recommend a commutation hearing for a death row inmate convicted of killing an Edmond businessman in a carjacking.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the naming of former U.S. Attorney Brian Kuester on Monday.
Mr. Kuester previously was United States attorney for the Eastern Oklahoma Judicial District.
to be the special prosecutor.
The appointment comes as an investigation is already underway into why drug offender Lawrence Paul Anderson and another inmate were released after the parole board rejected their commutation requests.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been looking into the releases at the request of Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Mr. Anderson, 42, is accused of fatally stabbing three victims in Chickasha three weeks after being released from prison.
He confessed to cutting out the first victim’s heart to eat, according to court affidavits.
Attorney General Hunter said the special counsel will work with the OSBI to look into allegations about the parole board.
The announcement said the Attorney General’s Office “continues to receive complaints about the manner in which the board has conducted itself.
Mr. Kuester resigned as United States attorney effective Feb. 28.
Previous to holding that position, he had been district attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner Counties.
“My passion for truth and justice remains, and I remain committed to serving my state when the need calls,” he said. “With help from the attorney general’s team and the OSBI, we will work together to bring answers to these questions, so Oklahomans can have confidence in the state parole board moving forward.”
The attorney general said he turned to outside counsel to look at the parole board because his assistants represent the state before the body at clemency hearings.
He also said the move was made because of the nature of several of the allegations.