Steven Ray Thacker Execution Date Set for March
Thacker Order Setting Exec Date.pdf
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set March 12 as the execution date for Mayes County death row inmate Steven Ray Thacker, 42.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the execution date on Jan. 7 after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the inmate’s final appeal.
In December 2002, Thacker pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder of Laci Dawn Hill, 25, of Bixby.
Thacker met Hill in her home on Dec. 23, 1999 after answering an ad Hill placed to sell a pool table. When his attempt to rob Hill failed, Thacker kidnapped her and took her to a rural cabin and raped her. Thacker attempted to strangle Hill, but eventually stabbed her in the chest and neck. Thacker fled to Missouri where he killed Forrest Reed Boyd and stole his car along with his credit cards. Thacker drove to Tennessee where the car ultimately broke down, and he called a tow truck. Thacker murdered Ray Patterson, the tow truck driver, after being confronted for using a stolen credit card. Thacker was apprehended in Tennessee.
He was given a death sentence for killing the tow truck driver in Tennessee, and a life sentence for killing the Missouri man.