WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday sought an execution date for death row inmate Steven Ray Thacker, whose crime spree in late 1999 and early 2000 included slayings in Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee.
Pruitt's request to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for an execution in 60 days came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Thacker's final appeal.
Thacker's Oklahoma death sentence was handed down for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Laci Dawn Hill, of Bixby, who was 25 when Thacker stabbed her to death on Dec. 23, 1999. Thacker had gone to Hill's house to rob her in order to buy Christmas presents for his family, according to court documents.
After raping and then killing Hill in a rural Mayes County cabin, Thacker fled to Missouri, where he hijacked a family's car, then killed a man and stole his car. During a multistate manhunt, Thacker drove the car to Tennessee and killed a tow-truck driver before being captured at a motel.
He was given a death sentence in Tennessee in February 2002 for killing the tow-truck driver; his sentence in the Oklahoma murder came in December, 2002; he received a life sentence in Missouri for the killing in that state.
The Supreme Court, without comment, declined Monday to hear Thacker's federal appeal, which claimed that his attorneys wrongly allowed him to plead guilty to Hill's murder and that the sentencing judge did not weigh evidence of Thacker's bi-polar disorder. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed his sentence last April.
Thacker, 42, of Chouteau, stabbed all of his victims to death.
According to Oklahoma and Tennessee prison records, Thacker is currently incarcerated in Tennessee.
The Supreme Court on Monday also rejected an appeal from Jackie Lynn Petty, of Midwest City, who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his brother in 2005.
Petty, 59, is serving a life sentence for the crime; he claimed at his trial that he shot his brother in self-defense, but prosecutors contended there was no credible evidence of that.