McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 9, 2013

AG seeks execution date for Okla. death-row inmate


Associated Press

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the state Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for a death-row inmate convicted of killing people in three states.

Pruitt asked the court on Monday to set an execution date for Steven Ray Thacker, hours after the U.S. Supreme rejected Thacker's appeal.

Thacker pleaded guilty in Oklahoma to first-degree murder and other charges in the December 1999 stabbing death of 25-year-old Laci Dawn Hill of Bixby. Thacker received the death penalty after a sentencing hearing.

Thacker was also sentenced to death in Tennessee for the January 2000 killing of a tow truck driver and to life in prison in the January 2000 death of a Missouri man.

Defense attorney Frank Bauman did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

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