"Oklahoma executes man convicted in 3 murders," is the AP report, via WLS-TV.
A man convicted of committing three murders in three states during a 10-day rampage was executed Tuesday in Oklahoma for one of the murders, the 1999 death of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family.
Steven Ray Thacker, 42, used his final statement to apologize to his victims' families and friends, several of whom witnessed his execution from an adjacent room at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
It was Oklahoma's first execution of the year, and the fifth execution in an American death penalty state this year. Oklahoma has executed 103 men and women since 1990. Only Texas and Virginia have carried out more post-Furman executions. In all, there have been 1,325 post-Furman executions since 1977.
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