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'I want to better my life': Accused killer, committed to hospital, requests release

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Sampson Oguntope, 29, charged with the rape and shooting of a woman in 2012, has sent a letter to the district court judge in charge of his case to request a release from the state's watch.

Oguntope, a former Texas Tech track-and-field athlete, is accused of breaking into Faye Gray's home in Slaton. Prosecutors claim he assaulted the 89-year-old in her bed, then shot her. Then-district attorney Matt Powell intended to pursue the death penalty, but a jury in Judge John "Trey" McClendon's court found Oguntope incompetent to stand trial. Judge McClendon ordered him to undergo treatment at the state hospital in Vernon.

Earlier this month, Oguntope sent a letter to Judge McClendon -- now filed in court records -- claiming he's suffering from "cruel and unusual punishment." He told the court he'd like to go home.

I was found not restorable (sic) numerous of times and I keep going back to a hospital for treatment. I feel like going to jail and being in the hospitals is cruel and unusual punishment. I’ve been doing good in both, hoping that my God, who created the Heavens and Earth through his grace let me go home to my parents, to work, and start a family of my own.

Slaton Police also accused Oguntope of shooting and wounding Gray's caregiver, seriously wounding her before she ran to a neighbor's house to report the crime. Prosecutors pursued two counts of capital murder against Oguntope for Gray's death -- one for killing her while committing aggravated sexual assault, the other for killing her while breaking into her home.

Here's a copy of the court filing with Oguntope's letter to Judge McClendon.



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