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Oklahoma Executes Man for Triple Murder

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 13, 2013 Last Updated: March 13, 2013
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Oklahoma executes man: Steven Ray Thacker, 42, was executed Tuesday evening for the murder of three people in 1999, including Laci Dawn Hill, 25, whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas gifts for his wife and his wife’s children.

Steven Ray Thacker was pronounced dead at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday evening.

On Dec. 23, 1999 he answered the classified ad of Laci Dawn Hill, 25, who was selling a pool table. She was found six days later, raped and stabbed to death.

Thacker left Oklahoma and broke into a Missouri home where he killed the homeowner Forrest Boyd, 24, who caught him in the act. Thacker took Boyd’s car and drove to Tennesee. When he needed to have the car towed, tow-truck driver Ray Patterson, 52, found out Thacker’s credit cards were stolen. Thacker then killed Patterson.

Thacker had been laid-off as a plumber’s apprentice at the time and he used the stolen goods to buy gifts for his wife and her children.

He had argued that he should not receive the death penalty because he was bi-polar, but the appeal was rejected, according to the Associated Press.

The Daily Mail reports that his last meal was a large meat lover’s pizza, peanut M&Ms and a root beer.

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