California Executes Oldest Death Row Inmate

Clarence Ray Allen

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Clarence Ray Allen died by lethal injection early Tuesday morning at San Quentin State Prison in California. Allen, 76, had been convicted of a triple murder.

His attorneys had argued that putting a frail old man to death constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

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