Hooper Execution Date Set for August
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals today set Aug. 14 as the execution date for Canadian County death row inmate Michael Edward Hooper, 39.
Hooper was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Cynthia Lynn Jarman, 23, and her two children, Tonya Kay Jarman, 5, and Timmy Glen Jarman, 3, on Dec. 7, 1993. Hooper shot each victim in the head twice and buried their bodies in a shallow grave in a secluded field. The victims had been missing for several days before being discovered.
The truck that Cynthia had been driving also was found abandoned and burned. Police records, including domestic violence reports, show that Hooper and Jarman had previously been in a physically violent relationship.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hooper’s convictions in 2002, but overturned his death sentences. Hooper claimed his legal counsel made mistakes during the second stage of his trial. In a 2004 hearing, Hooper was once again sentenced to death.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the execution date on June 4, after the United States Supreme Court denied the inmate’s final appeal.