Grant v. Trammel, No. 11-5001 (10th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
While serving a long sentence in state prison for a series of armed robberies, John Grant won a job as a kitchen worker. Grant was soon fired after he was caught fighting with another inmate. He came to bear a grudge against Gay Carter, his supervisor. One morning after breakfast, Grant lingered in the dining hall. Ms. Carter passed near him and he grabbed her, put a hand over her mouth, and dragged her into a small closet and stabbed Ms. Carter sixteen times. The State of Oklahoma charged Mr. Grant with first degree murder and sought the death penalty. The jury found Mr. Grant guilty, and he was later sentenced to death. After the state Supreme Court denied relief, Mr. Grant filed a habeas petition in federal court, but the district court denied relief. The district court issued Grant a certificate of appealability that allowed him to bring this case to the Tenth Circuit. Ultimately the Tenth Circuit agreed with the state courts and federal district court, and denied Grant's request for relief.