Oklahoma death row inmate waives clemency hearing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate convicted in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her two young children has waived his right to ask the Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence.

Michael Hooper is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 14 for the 1993 killings of 23-year-old Cynthia Lynn Jarman and her two children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Each of the victims was shot twice in the head and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave in a field.

Hooper was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder by a Canadian County jury that recommended the death penalty. The 39-year-old Hooper has a right to a clemency hearing before the state Pardon and Parole Board, but the agency's website says Hooper has waived the hearing.

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