|Date of Birth||17 August 1959, Oklahoma, USA|
|Date of Death||11 January 2001, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester, Oklahoma, USA (execution by lethal injection)|
Mini Bio (1)
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