LeRoy McGahuey married Delores Dore Elder, a native of California; the marriage ended in divorce. Mr. McGahuey served in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting at the Presidio in Monterrey, California on August 8, 1941. He later worked as a logger.
In 1962, Leroy Sanford McGahuey was put to death for the double murder of a mother and her two-year old daughter. McGahuey was the last person executed in the gas chamber in Oregon; on Nov. 3, 1964, Oregon voters repealed the death penalty. The repeal remained in effect until 1978, when Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 8, re-instituting capital punishment by lethal gas.
Obituary, published Monday, Aug 20, 1962 in Salem, Oregon:
Child-Slayer Put to Death in Gas Chamber
The State of Oregon executed its supreme penalty for murder early today in the gas chamber of the state pen. Put to death was LeRoy Sanford McGahuey, 43 convicted in Jackson County. Deputy Warden L.E. Francis, who also witnessed his 14th execution this morning, spent part of the previous night with McGahuey as he has done with other death row inmates. Also with the inmate in his last minutes was Rev Sachs. Although McGahuey admitted killing both his lover Mrs. Loris Mae Holt, 32 and her 22-month old son, Rodney Camron Holt, the state specifically tried and convicted him on the death of the child. The state contended that Mrs. Holt was killed in a violent fit of rage and passion, but the child's death was premeditated. Conviction for premeditated murder automatically calls for the death penalty unless the jury recommends mercy.
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