Inmate terrified of dying faces execution today for killing two hotel workers

An inmate on death row who said they are 'afraid' to die will face their execution in a matter of hours.

Judges in Oklahoma denied double murderer Donald Anthony Grant a last-minute request for a stay of execution on Monday.

He will be put to death by lethal injection at 10am local time today (4pm UK time) after being found guilty of slaying two female hotel staff in Del City in 2001.

Grant had killed Felicia Suzette Smith, 43, and Brenda McElyea, 29, so that he would not be recognised after committing a robbery to get money to bail his girlfriend out of jail.

His execution today will be the first in the United States this year. The state of Alabama also planned to hold an execution today, but a stay order was given by an appeals court.

But the murderer's attorneys have objected to his punishment and claim he suffers from severe mental illness, according to local ABC affiliate KOCO.

They also said that he is "afraid" of the sentence as he does not want to suffer the same fate as John Grant, a 60-year-old man who vomited on himself and shouted profanities before losing consciousness in a horror lethal injection gone wrong back in October.

Attorney Susan Otto said: "Mr. Grant is well aware he’s going to be executed"

"He does not wish to be executed. He is afraid, and he understands that he may die like John Grant. And he’s terrified of that."

It comes after the Supreme Court of the United States also denied a request by his legal team to have his execution carried out by firing squad instead.

The unusual method was re-introduced by South Carolina last year after a spate of grisly complications during the lethal injection process across the US.

Lethal injection is the only approved method of execution in Oklahoma.

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