Steven Ray Thacker, 42, convicted of committing three murders in three states during a 10-day rampage in 1999, was executed Tuesday in Oklahoma for one of the murders, that of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family, reports the Associated Press. In his parting statement, Thacker apologized to his victims’ relatives, several of whom witnessed his execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
“I don’t deserve it, but as God has forgiven me, I hope you will forgive me for the pain I’ve caused,” Thacker said while strapped to a gurney. A laid-off plumber’s apprentice, he was convicted of abducting 25-year-old Laci Dawn Hill from her home at Bixby after going there under the guise of looking at a pool table she had advertised for sale. Her body was found six days later at a cabin in Mayes County, east of Tulsa. She had been raped and stabbed. After fleeing Oklahoma, Thacker killed Forrest Reed Boyd, 24, in Aldrich, Mo., and Ray Patterson, 52, in Dyersburg, Tenn.