Oklahoma is set to carry out its second execution this year with the lethal injection of Timothy Stemple, who was sentenced to death in 1997 for fatally beating his wife, Trisha Stemple, and running over her with a pickup on Oct. 24, 1996, so he could collect $950,000 in life insurance.
Stemple, 46, and his family contend that he is innocent. His execution is set to take place at 6 p.m. CST, at the state prison in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Last month Stemple’s attorneys appealed to the state Pardon and Parole Board for clemency, but the board voted 4-1 to deny clemency. The governor has indicated she does not intend to stop the execution.
An article in Tulsa World reports that:
In the weeks since, Stemple’s family has mounted a campaign based on their belief that he was wrongly convicted, using analysis from forensic firms they hired to bolster their case.
Jenae Matland Smucker maintains that her brother is innocent and that Trisha Stemple, 30, died as a result of a pedestrian-motor-vehicle collision.
She said last week that Shaun Stemple’s family would be in Mc-Alester on Thursday to support him but hoped they could stop his execution.
“We believe in him and hope to save his life,” Smucker said.
Stemple was a married kids’ soccer coach in 1996 when he had an extramarital affair and enlisted his girlfriend’s 16-year-old cousin to help him kill his wife of 11 years, according to evidence presented at his 1997 trial.
Trisha Stemple, 30, was beaten with a baseball bat, run over with a pickup truck and left on the side of a road beside her car, whose tire was punctured with a drill to make the crime appear to be random carjacking, testimony showed.
Timothy Stemple, who maintains he is innocent, might have collected on a $950,000 life insurance policy, but his teen-age accomplice testified against him in exchange for a life prison term, court testimony showed.
Stemple asked that his last meal be pizza, prison spokesman Jerry Massie said.