Thacker's Death Sentence Upheld By Federal Court

A man accused in the death of a Bixby woman during a multi-state crime spree has had his death sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.Steven Ray Thacker was sentenced to die for the 1999 killing of Laci Dawn Hill of Bixby. Monday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that sentence.Investigators said Thacker came to Hill's home posing as a person interested in buying a pool table, but abducted her and raped her before stabbing her to death and dumping her body in rural Mayes County.Thacker was on the run for several days, during which time he fatally stabbed a Missouri man and later killed a tow truck driver in Tennessee, where he was later captured.Thacker also received a death sentence for the killing in Missouri and a life sentence in the Tennessee murder.