OK – Timothy Shaun Stemple’s death at 6:11pm

When the execution procedure began at 6:04 p.m., and the blinds covering the window between the execution chamber and the viewing area were raised, OSP Warden Randy Workman asked Stemple if he had a last statement. Stemple, with his eyes closed, simply nodded his head from left to right, indicating he would have no last words. At 6:05 p.m. Workman said, “Let the execution begin.”

 † Stemple’s time of death was announced by an attending physician at 6:11 p.m. His execution was witnessed by seven members of the media; members from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office; Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan; Sheriff Glands from Tulsa; OSP and Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff; Stemple’s mother and father, his two sisters and his daughter; and 12 members of the victim’s family. Other victim’s family members were present, however, they watched the execution via live video feed outside of the execution chamber.

Trisha Stemple’s sister, Deborah Ruddick-Bird, made a statement to the media following the execution. “Today is not about Shaun,” she said. “Today is about justice, finality and closure for my beautiful sister Trisha. … Today we say it is finished.”

A written statement was provided by Michael Steen on behalf of Trisha Stemple’s father, Morris Ruddick, who was unable to attend the execution as he is out of the country on a missionary assignment. “The media often speaks of closure during tragic events such as those witnessed today,” the statement reads. “I think it more appropriate to say we think of this as a foreclosure. The State has collected his body and his mind as compensation for his transgressions. Before the judgment seat of Christ, the Lord will determine the eternal outcome for his soul.”

source : http://mcalesternews.com


update : 5.32 pm usa time.

5:32 PM

McALESTER – The execution Thursday night of Tulsa County killer Timothy Shaun Stemple appears to be on schedule after Gov. Mary Fallin’s office confirmed earlier today that she will not issue a stay.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=12&articleid=20120315_12_0_McALES804866

update 10 min ago : source http://www.krmg.com

Time running out for convicted killer

Tulsa, Okla.

The Tulsa cop who helped convict him says he’s evil.

His family is still convinced he is innocent.

Either way, the clock is ticking down for Timothy Shaun Stemple, convicted of killing his wife with a baseball bat in 1996.

His brother-in-law, John Smucker, will be leading a rally outside the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City right up until the last minute, hoping to convince Mary Fallin to issue a stay of execution.

“I voted for her, and I believe she is an agent of change and will honestly look at this,” Smucker said.  “There’s still hope.”

Fallin however has already been quoted as saying that she will not intervene.

Smucker says his family has evidence that has not been considered by the courts, that shows Stemple is innocent.

He also says the Oklahoma City University chapter of the Innocence Project, a non-profit group dedicated to proving the innocence of people who are wrongly-convicted, is asking the Governor to stay the execution.

Prosecutors say Stemple and a teenaged accomplice beat Trisha Stemple with baseball bats along Highway 75 between 81st and 91st streets and also ran over her with a truck to make it look like a hit-and-run accident.

Smucker believes it was in fact a hit-and-run accident, and that the driver who hit Trisha Stemple is still out there somewhere.

He said if people want to contact the Governor’s office about the execution, they can call (405) 521-2342

The Office of Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Local: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353


Oklahoma is preparing to execute Timothy Stemple for the killing of his wife.

The 46-year-old Stemple is to die at 6 p.m. Thursday He was convicted of plotting with a relative of his mistress to kill 30-year-old Trisha Stemple and collect insurance money. She died Oct. 24, 1996, along U.S. Highway 75 in Tulsa. Prosecutors said she was beaten in the head with a bat and run over with a pickup truck.

Stemple’s family requested Gov. Mary Fallin stay the execution so medical testimony disputing his accomplice’s account of the crime could be heard in court. The Pardon and Parole board last month denied Stemple’s plea for clemency.

Stemple requested a last meal of a large stuffed crust pizza topped with half-pepperoni, half-Canadian bacon and extra cheese, and orange soda.

source : from usa today

From his website : 

Timothy Shaun Stemple Final Letter

This letter is written by Timothy Shaun Stemple as his final letter.  We believe that this letter should be made available for anyone to read.

March 5, 2012

To whom it may concern,

When my wife and best friend Trisha Stemple was killed, it devastated me. I found some strength in our combined families, but I was still lost. When I was accused of her killing and learned that the police ignored (as I wrongly believed) the eyewitness’ testimony and the lies told by my accusers, I broke.

As I write this, I am certain that I will soon join Trisha & my son – our son – Shane. My two great hopes are that Trisha’s family learn that Trisha was killed almost instantly and that my family never did or would abandon Trisha – even in memory.

For either hope to be realized, it must become publicly acknowledged, that while no police officer or prosecutor set out to do wrong – a simple mistake, compounded by a flawed process has resulted in final injustice. The inevitable errors which occur when human beings must sift through lies & conflicting evidence are always denied by the State. While this is not important now for me at this moment, I and my family, as well as Trisha’s family, though they have yet to learn it – are the “collateral damage” in the war on crime.

To those who experience the State’s adamant refusal to acknowledge the in defendable – evil is done. The wrong done: Trisha’s death and mine – contains no confusing issues, no difficult forensic concepts – all anyone need do is look – the State now publicly admits that the actual murderer – who escaped the death penalty in exchange for these lies – could not truthfully include me in the crime – even to save his life. If the Attorney General knows this, why am I to die? Why then does the state continue to emotionally rape Trisha’s family by allowing them to continue believing Trisha was essentially tortured to death when they know she must have died instantly? The adversarial process demands its collateral damage, and perhaps those involved do all they can to limit such damage. But to those who experience it and will die in the name of “Public Confidence” – those who know best – and stand silently by in noble pose – Do True Evil. The powerless who do nothing are forgiven; the powerful who do nothing are condemned.

My death is a small thing, I go to God and my wife and son, and we will watch. I do hope that both our families find some peace, and that the great wrong done to us all can somehow be used to fix a thing so broken as to allow this.

Timothy Shaun Stemple

Oklahoma governor denies clemency for death row inmate – Garry Allen

OKLAHOMA CITY  — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor has decided to deny clemency for a man scheduled to die for the 1986 slaying of the mother of his two children.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Fallin has rejected a 2005 recommendation by the state Pardon and Parole Board to commute the sentence of Garry Thomas Allen to life in prison without parole.

Allen’s attorneys argued that he was mentally impaired when he killed 42-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth on Nov. 21, 1986, in Oklahoma City. They say he had been self-medicating for an underlying mental illness, and that his mental condition has worsened.

Oklahoma has four doses remaining of a drug used to execute inmates.

The execution date has been rescheduled for April 12.

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OKLAHOMA – Timothy Shaun Stemple – execution march 15 2012 – EXECUTED

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Update : 14 march source : http://www.tulsaworld.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin’s office said Tuesday that she does not intend to issue a stay of execution for Tulsa County killer Timothy Shaun Stemple.

Stemple, 46, is set to be executed Thursday for the 1996 killing of his wife, Trisha Stemple, 30.

His family met Tuesday with the Governor’s Office to seek a stay to pursue evidence of his innocence.

They held a news conference with the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty to urge a stay.

The Pardon and Parole Board last month voted 4-1 to deny clemency to Stemple.

“We don’t have the power to grant clemency without a recommendation from the (Pardon and Parole) board,” said Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Fallin.

“The governor does have the power to issue a stay, but she does not plan to do that.”

Jenae Matland Smucker, Stemple’s sister, said her brother is innocent. She said her sister-in-law died as a result of a pedestrian-motor-vehicle collision.

“Sean himself has maintained his innocence from time of arrest until today,” Smucker said.

Stemple was sentenced to death in 1997 for beating Trisha Stemple and running over her with a pickup so he could collect $950,000 in life insurance.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office pointed out that a jury found Stemple guilty 14 years ago and that his appeals have been denied by the courts and the Pardon and Parole Board.

“The evidence in this case is strong and showed beyond a reasonable doubt that Stemple committed this murder,” Pruitt spokeswoman Diane Clay said. “It would be a travesty of justice to further delay his punishment.”

Update : 13 march  source : http://www.kfor.com (full article and video)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Timothy Shaun Stemple’s family met at the Capitol on Tuesday hoping to get a last minute stay of execution. In less than 48 hours the State of Oklahoma will execute the 46-year-old man for the brutal murder of his wife back in 1996.

Court documents reveal the victim, Trisha Stemple, had fractured bones all over her body, including her skull, and appeared to have been intentionally run over. 

Led by the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Stemple family gathered at the State Capitol pleading for a stay of execution.

The family says there are theories from forensic pathologists who say the death of the victim was by car accident, not from murder. 

The family says that evidence, as well as other items, never made it into court.

“When my sister in law died, my brother didn’t even get to grieve her death. Within a few days, all fingers were pointing to him because he had life insurance and he had an affair,” Janae Smucker said.

She says her brother is no killer.

“There is too much doubt,” Sen. Consatnce Johnson said.

Even those who’ve lost loved ones to murderers stood by the family’s side.

The Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 to deny Stemple’s clemency.

All Stemple’s legal appeals have also been denied. 

“We don’t have the power to grant clemency without a recommendation from the (Pardon and Parole) board,” Alex Weintz said, Gov. Fallin’s spokesman. “The governor does have the power to issue a stay but she does not plan to do that.”

Stemple is scheduled for execution by lethal injection Thursday at 6 p.m. 

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty says the state has released 10 people from death row who were wrongfully convicted.


Update : 13 march. source http://www.ardmoreite.com

Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is asking Governor Mary Fallin for a Stay of Execution for Timothy Shaun Stemple so the family can pursue his legal rights in the courts.

OK-CADP representatives and Shaun’s sister, Jenae Mudock Stucker, met with Governor Fallin’s Deputy Counsel Rebecca Frasier today.  Stemple is set to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Timothy Shaun Stemple was convicted in February 1998 of the 1996 murder of his wife Trisha Stemple.  He was sent to death row and has remained there since then. Shaun and his family have maintained his innocence since he was charged.

“Since our state has released 10 people from death row who were wrongly convicted, we know the possibility of executing an innocent is real. We hope Governor Fallin will not want us to take that risk in the face of so much doubt,” said OK-CADP Co-Chair Lydia Polley.

The family has been pursuing his exoneration since the conviction and has hired forensic experts to provide testimony to counter the state’s evidence that convicted him.

All of Mr. Stemple’s appeals have been denied, and the state Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency at a February hearing.

The family of a death-row inmate who is to be executed next week is asking Gov. Mary Fallin to spare his life.

Timothy Shaun Stemple’s family has hired forensic experts to provide testimony to counter the state’s evidence that convicted him of murdering his wife in 1996.

Shaun Stemple was sentenced to death in 1997 for beating his wife, Trisha Stemple, and running over her with a pickup so he could collect $950,000 in life insurance.

All of Stemple’s appeals have been denied, and the state Pardon and Parole Board did not recommend clemency at a February hearing.

Barring intervention by Gov. Mary Fallin, Stemple, 46, will be executed March 15 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

On Thursday, Stemple’s family spoke at the law offices of Brewster & De Angelis about why they believe that he is innocent.

Janae Matland Smucker said her family believes that the evidence shows that Trisha Stemple died from an auto-pedestrian collision, not from “blunt force trauma to the head,” as a state medical examiner testified during Shaun Stemple’s trial.

Andre Stuart of 21st Century Forensic Animations was hired by Stemple’s family to reconstruct the accident scene using animation technology.

He said his models show that there is “no basis” for evidence that Trisha Stemple died because of multiple hits from a baseball bat instead of being run over by a pickup.

The animation and other testimony and documents can be viewed online at tulsaworld.com/freeshaun, a website the family has set up to garner support for Shaun Stemple.

According to court testimony, Shaun Stemple hired a teenage accomplice, Terry Hunt, to wait in the woods by the highway.

Stemple then reportedly feigned car trouble so he could stop at a preselected spot nearby. He and Hunt took turns beating Trisha Stemple with a cellophane-wrapped baseball bat and ran over her body with a pickup, prosecutors said.

Trisha Stemple’s skull, neck bone and pelvis were crushed, and 17 ribs were broken. Her body was found alongside the highway after Shaun Stemple reported her missing.

Her death originally was investigated as a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian collision, but investigators reportedly suspected foul play as they examined the evidence.

Hunt, the cousin of Shaun Stemple’s then-girlfriend, testified for the prosecution and is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

“All of the state’s witnesses against my brother had perjured themselves” during the trial, Smucker said.

But court records show that the judge who presided over the case noted that despite discrepancies in Hunt’s earlier testimony, he “consistently reported and testified that Stemple approached him about helping kill Trisha Stemple in exchange for $25,000 to $50,000,” among other details.

At his clemency hearing last month, Shaun Stemple spoke briefly and refused to answer questions from board members.

source : Tulsa world


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Name: Date: Time: Location: City, State: DOC #
Timothy Shaun Stemple 02/24/2012 09:00am Hillside Community Corrections Center3300 Martin Luther King Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 261686

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Supreme court of United states

No. 11-7143      *** CAPITAL CASE ***
Timothy Shaun Stemple, Petitioner
Randall G. Workman, Warden
Docketed: November 1, 2011
Linked with 11A222
Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  Case Nos.: (09-5097)
  Decision Date: April 4, 2011
  Rehearing Denied: May 31, 2011
~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Aug 19 2011 Application (11A222) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 29, 2011 to October 28, 2011, submitted to Justice Sotomayor.
Aug 23 2011 Application (11A222) granted by Justice Sotomayor extending the time to file until October 28, 2011.
Oct 28 2011 Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due December 1, 2011)
Nov 30 2011 Brief of respondent Randall G. Workman, Warden in opposition filed.
Dec 15 2011 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 6, 2012.
Jan 9 2012 Petition DENIED.