Local & Regional
Tue June 5, 2012
Execution Date Sought
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a state appeals court to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her two children.
Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Monday to set an execution date for 39-year-old Michael Edward Hooper. Hooper was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced in Canadian County to die for the 1993 shooting deaths of 23-year-old Cynthia Jarman and her children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Each was shot twice in the head.
In 2002, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hooper's convictions but overturned his death sentences. The court said Hooper's attorney made mistakes during the sentencing phase of his trial.
Hooper was sentenced to death a second time following a 2004 hearing