Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oklahoma Man Executed for 1996 Murder

The 42nd Execution of 2010

A Oklahoma man, Donald Ray Wackerly, convicted for killing a fisherman in 1996 was executed by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester on Thursday October 14, 2010.

Wackerly was convicted in the shooting death of 51-year-old Pan Sayakhoummane during a robbery in Sequoyah County in eastern Oklahoma 14 years ago. The Laos native was shot between seven and nine times with a .22-caliber rifle in the head, back, chest, arm, wrist and hand. His body was found the next day in his partially submerged pickup truck in the Arkansas River.

Early on the day of the scheduled execution the U.S. Supreme court denied a request for a stay.

Wackerly maintained his innocence and claimed he was set up by his wife, who was granted immunity from prosecution and testified against Wackerly during his murder trial.

The Corrections Department says Wackerly requested a medium stuffed-crust pizza with mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives and jalapenos for his last meal. He also requested a Dr Pepper, coconut cream pie and a chocolate shake. He was pronounced dead at 6:12 pm.

Wackerly was the 92nd person executed in Oklahoma since 1976 and 1,230 nationwide executed.

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