MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 17, 2013

Convicted killer's execution set


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A March 12 execution date is set for a man convicted of killing a Bixby woman in 1999.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and the attorney general's office said Wednesday that Steven Ray Thacker, 42, is to be put to death for the murder of Laci Dawn Hill.

Prosecutors say Thacker wen to Hill's home after seeing an ad she placed to sell a pool table. Prosecutors say he kidnapped and raped Hill, then choked her and stabbed her to death.

Thacker has also been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing a Missouri man after going to that state following Hill's death. He faces a death penalty in Tennessee, where authorities say he killed a tow truck driver after traveling there from Missouri.