OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma death row inmate Michael Hooper has been executed for the 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her two young children.
Hooper received a lethal dose of drugs Tuesday evening at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m.
Hooper sued the state last month in an effort to halt his execution, claiming the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol was unconstitutional. But the request was rejected by the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court earlier Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Office of State Finance reports revenue collections for the first month of the 2013 fiscal year were up $6.4 million over last year and about $20 million above the official estimate.
Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday July collections totaled $389.1 million.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A mental competency hearing is set to resume for a man accused of opening fire outside a Tulsa courthouse.
The hearing for Andrew Dennehy began Monday and is expected to last until at least Wednesday. Dennehy is charged with shooting with intent to kill for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library. A sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster aid for four Oklahoma counties where wildfires have erupted in recent weeks.
Fallin sought the aid Monday for residents and business owners in Cleveland, Creek, Oklahoma and Payne counties. If granted, the government would deliver individual assistance to residents who suffered losses.
Nearly 680 homes and businesses were damaged in the fires that began on July 28, including 603 homes that were destroyed. About 85 percent of the homes damaged or destroyed were not insured.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Several McAlester churches have asked the city council to reverse a decision by the city manager to remove silhouettes on street signs that depict soldiers kneeling before a cross.
The McAlester News-Capital reports the Gaines Creek Association of Free Will Baptists sent a letter to the McAlester City Council asking that the silhouettes be placed back on the signs.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A competency trial is scheduled to begin for a man accused of opening fire outside the Tulsa County courthouse earlier this year.
The proceeding, which starts Monday, is to determine whether Andrew Dennehy can understand the charges against him and assist with his defense. Dennehy faces a charge of shooting with intent to kill and two firearms counts for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library.
Authorities say a sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man is scheduled to be executed for the killings of his former girlfriend and her two young children nearly 19 years ago.
Michael Hooper is to die by lethal injection Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for the December 1993 deaths of Cynthia Jarman, her 5-year-old daughter, Tonya, and 3-year-old son, Timmy. All were shot twice in the head.
A Canadian County jury convicted Hooper of first-degree murder and recommended the death penalty. A federal appeals court upheld Hooper's convictions in 2002, but overturned his death sentences.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced last year he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office, Democrats started scrambling for an ideal candidate who could hold on to the seat in the increasingly conservative district.
With a tough-on-crime resume and deep roots in the Oklahoma Democratic Party, longtime prosecutor Rob Wallace emerged as the top contender. The 49-year-old has been endorsed by arguable two of the most popular Democrats in the state — former Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. says the federal government is investigating whether there were antitrust violations relating to its purchase of some oil and gas land in Michigan.
The stock lost 3 percent in morning trading Friday.
The Oklahoma City-based company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that it was subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice to hand over paperwork related to those purchases. Chesapeake says it has also received demands for documents and information from state government agencies.