Okla. to execute man for killing of wife

McAlester, OK. (AP) - 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.

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