Oklahoma executes man for wife's 1996 slaying

McALESTER, OK. (AP) - Oklahoma has executed a man convicted of killing his wife with help from a relative of his mistress to collect insurance money.

Timothy Stemple was lethally injected Thursday evening for the 1996 slaying of Trisha Stemple, who was beaten and run over along a Tulsa highway. The execution was carried out at the state prison in McAlester after Governor Mary Fallin denied a request by the condemned man's family to stay the capital punishment.

His family sought to have medical testimony disputing his accomplice's account heard in court.

Stemple maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeals process. And at a clemency hearing last month, he declined to talk about the case, saying it wasn't the appropriate forum.

The Pardon and Parole Board denied his plea for clemency.

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