McALESTER, Okla. | A Newcomerstown, Ohio, man who committed crimes in several states nearly 10 years ago was executed Tuesday after an appeals court denied a stay of execution. Lewis Eugene Gilbert, 31, was pronounced dead at 8:11 p.m. EDT after receiving a lethal mix of drugs at the Oklahoma State Prison for the Sept. 3, 1994, killing of Roxanne Lynn Ruddell at Lake Stanley Draper.
In 2001, Lewis Gilbert was Awarded a BFI Fellowship, only the 53rd to have ever been awarded. “The accolade is bestowed upon individuals from around the world in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film and television culture. Previous recipients have included such diverse talents as Orson Welles, Fred Zinnemrmann, Akira Kurosawa, Clint Eastwood and Elizabeth Taylor.”
Lewis Eugene Gilbert, an Oklahoma state prisoner sentenced to death, appeals the district court's denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. This court has granted Gilbert a certificate of appealability ("COA") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c) with respect to three of his claims of legal error: (1) that his right to a fair trial was violated by a coerced verdict at the sentencing stage of the trial; (2) that he was improperly denied his request for a competency evaluation in state court; and (3) that there was insufficient factual support for the jury's finding of the existence of the "avoid arrest" and "continuing threat" aggravating circumstances. We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that Gilbert is not entitled to habeas relief on any of these claims. Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1291 and 2253, we affirm.
In the 1980s, Gilbert returned to more small-scale dramas with film versions of 's plays (1983) and (1989). Gilbert also directed the film (1991). In 2001, Lewis Gilbert was made a , the highest accolade given in the British film industry. In 2010, Gilbert released his autobiography, , which was published by Reynolds & Hearn.