Attorney General Requests Execution Date for Steven Ray Thacker
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday filed a request with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set an execution date for Mayes County death row inmate Steven Ray Thacker, 42.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Thacker’s final appeal on Monday.
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.
In Monday’s filing, General Pruitt asked the court to set the date “sixty days after January 7, 2013.”