Okla. coalition asks governor to stay execution

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK. (AP) - The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty plans to meet with one of Gov. Mary Fallin's staff members in an effort to persuade Fallin to issue a stay of execution in the case of Timothy Stemple.

Coalition co-chair Lydia Polley says the coalition will hold an 11 a.m. news conference at the Capitol Tuesday after a meeting with Fallin's deputy general counsel Rebecca Frazier. Stemple's execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.

Polley says Stemple's family has compiled evidence from forensic and legal experts, and has hired attorney Robert Nigh, who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Stemple is set to die for the 1996 murder of his 30-year-old wife, Trisha Stemple, who was beaten with a baseball bat and run over with a pickup truck in Tulsa.

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