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The Foreigner US citizen with Norwegian ties executed for wife’s murder. A man’s death sentence was carried out this week in the US despite appeals from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Timothy Shaun Stemple, who has family in Norway, was given the death penalty in 1996 after being convicted of beating her to death as well as using a pickup truck to run over her. Local Oklahoma paper Tulsa World reports court testimony shows he had hired teenage accomplice Terry Hunt to wait for Stemple and his wife to arrive at a pre-selected place.Having got there, Stemple pretended he had trouble with the vehicle he was driving and was obliged to stop as a result.

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US citizen with Norwegian ties executed for wife’s murder

Published on Friday, 16th March, 2012 at 15:51 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

A man’s death sentence was carried out this week in the US despite appeals from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Timothy Shaun Stemple, who has family in Norway, was given the death penalty in 1996 after being convicted of beating her to death as well as using a pickup truck to run over her.

Local Oklahoma paper Tulsa World reports court testimony shows he had hired teenage accomplice Terry Hunt to wait for Stemple and his wife to arrive at a pre-selected place.Having got there, Stemple pretended he had trouble with the vehicle he was driving and was obliged to stop as a result.

The two males then used a baseball bat wrapped in cellophane, taking turns to hit her repeatedly with it, before Stemple drove over her body with the truck, the evidence indicated.

According to court records, he then allegedly struck her on the back of the head with the bat again between eight and 12 times, and had tried to drive over her head with the truck’s tyres following her attempts to get up.

Stemple and his family had originally claimed she had been struck by a car, mounting a campaign, and hiring forensic companies to support their belief he was wrongly-convicted.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre had contacted the Oklahoma State govenor to request the sentence be reversed, but was told that it was only the Pardon and Parole Board that could grant this. 

“Norway regrets the death sentence against US citizen Timothy Shaun Stemple, who is due to be executed in the state of Oklahoma on 15 March”, he wrote in a press statement, “The death penalty is incompatible with the principles of human dignity and humane treatment.”

Timothy Stemple was given the lethal injection just after midnight at Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday, Norwegian time (18:05 US, Wednesday) with his parents, sisters and daughter in attendance. He was pronounced dead six minutes later.

His sister, Janae Matland Smucker, does not believe that her brother killed his wife. She, along with the rest of her family believe that Terry Hunt, who is serving time for first-degree murder, was also convicted of the murder, lied about Timothy’s involvement.



Published on Friday, 16th March, 2012 at 15:51 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: deathpenaltyoklahoma, timothyshaunstempledeathpenalty.





  
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