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Date of Birth 17 August 1959Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 11 January 2001Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester, Oklahoma, USA  (execution by lethal injection)

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Wanda Jean Allen was serving a four-year prison sentence for killing her roommate when she met Gloria Leathers, who was serving time for manslaughter. Allen, who was released two years into her sentence, offered Leathers a place to stay upon her release. By all accounts, theirs was a tumultuous relationship. Leathers and her mother had arrived at the Oklahoma City Village Police Department on December 2, 1988 to file a complaint against Allen when Allen approached Leathers, and shot her at point-blank range; she died 4 days later. Just 15 minutes before the shooting, a policeman was at their house so that Leathers could collect her belongings.

Allen became a cause célèbre among liberals because she was black, a lesbian, and, her legal team claimed, had diminished faculties due to head injuries she suffered when she was a teenager. The last 3 months of her life was the subject of an HBO documentary which portrayed a justice system stacked against people who are poor non-whites and/or ID as non-heterosexual. Allen was the first woman executed by Oklahoma since 1903, and the first black woman executed in the U.S. since 1954.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ldavis-2

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