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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asks for execution date for crime spree killer

Pruitt's request comes after U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear final appeal from Steven Ray Thacker, whose crime spree in late 1999 and early 2000 left three dead
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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/articleid/3743910/1/pictures/1923201">Photo - Oklahoma officials are seeking an execution date for Steven Ray Thacker, shown above, after his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the stabbing death of Laci Dawn Hill, of Bixby, was rejected Monday. Thacker was convicted in a three-state crime spree. AP FILE PHOTO
Oklahoma officials are seeking an execution date for Steven Ray Thacker, shown above, after his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the stabbing death of Laci Dawn Hill, of Bixby, was rejected Monday. Thacker was convicted in a three-state crime spree. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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