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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— 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.


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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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