james ryder
james ryder

James Ryder was sentenced to death by the State of Oklahoma for a double murder. According to court documents James Ryder would murder Daisy and Sam Hallum over a property dispute. James Ryder was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.

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James Ryder 2021 Information

Gender: Male

Race: White

Height: 6 ft 0 in

Weight: 178 lbs

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Alias: James Ryder

OK DOC#: 374773

Birth Date: 3/30/1962


Reception Date: 6/26/2000

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An appeals court said Monday it is tragic that an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for murder chose not to let a jury hear about his mental illness, but the court let the sentence stand. 

Judges of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said James Chandler Ryder, known as Mitch Ryder, might have avoided the death penalty if he hadn’t chosen to withhold evidence about his mental disorder.

Ryder, 53, was convicted in state court in Pittsburg County of the murders of Daisy Hallum and her adult son Sam Hallum at their home in April 1999.

“We acknowledge the tragic reality in this case: that Mr. Ryder’s untreated mental illness may have influenced his decision to withhold mitigating evidence from the jury,” the judges wrote in a 42-page decision. “Thus, the condition responsible for Mr. Ryder’s unwillingness to present mitigating evidence could have been the very evidence that would have persuaded the jury not to impose the death penalty.”

At the time Ryder made his decision to waive the mitigation, “his mental health had not yet deteriorated to the point where he was no longer legally competent to make that decision,”  the Denver-based court stated. “Or at least we must presume that he was legally competent based on our deference to the state court’s retrospective competency determination.

“Therefore, while we recognize the existence of compelling mitigating evidence that the jury never heard, controlling precedent and the narrowness of review permitted (under a federal law) dictate that we must affirm the district court’s denial of habeas relief.”

An alternative to a death sentence was life in prison without the possibility of parole, but Ryder told the trial judge that he would rather be executed than be in prison for the remainder of his life.


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2 thoughts on “James Ryder Oklahoma Death Row

  1. He killed my best friend and his mother, who was one of the sweetest ladies that ever lived. He should have been executed years ago!

  2. James worked for my father when I was a teenager in the 90s. He always seemed a bit scattered, but he was always very nice. He did however, have a short temper. Looking back, there was definitely some metnal illness. It does sound just like him that he said he would rather be executed than spend life in prison.

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