Hearing Set For Man Sentenced To Die In Murder Of Bixby Woman

Friday, February 15th 2013, 10:26 am
By: News On 6

A former Chouteau man scheduled to die March 12th for the 1999 murder of Bixby woman is at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary after being transferred this week from a Tennessee prison.

Assistant Warden Terry Crenshaw says Steven Thacker, 42, is being housed on death row. Crenshaw says the transfer from a state prison in Nashville, Tennessee to the state penitentiary in McAlester this week was uneventful.

Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for an execution date in early January after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Thacker's final appeal.

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Thacker has a clemency hearing scheduled for February 22nd.   He is set to be executed on March 12th at 6 p.m.

Steven Thacker was convicted in the December 23, 1999, kidnapping, rape and murder of 25-year-old Laci Hill. Laci Hill was kidnapped and murdered after she and her husband placed an ad to sell a pool table

After an investigation, law enforcement began pursuing Thacker out of Oklahoma to Missouri and then to Tennessee.

Thacker killed 24-year-old Forrest Boyd near Springfield, Missouri and 52-year-old Ray Patterson in Tennessee before being arrested at a motel in Union City, Tennessee.

Thacker was sentenced to life in prison for Boyd's murder and given the death sentence for Patterson's murder.