The Oklahoma State Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 Friday to deny clemency to
Oklahoma State Penitentiary death row inmate Timothy Shaun Stemple, age 46.
Stemple is scheduled to be executed at OSP on March 15 at 6 p.m. for the Oct.
24, 1996, murder of his 30-year-old wife Trisha J. Stemple.
Stemple spoke briefly at his clemency hearing via live video feed from OSP. He
said the hearing was not an appropriate forum to discuss his situation,
reported Katie Fretland of the Associated Press. A defense witness, however,
told the board that Trisha Stemple’s injuries were consistent with that of a
According to a news release from the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General,
“Evidence showed the victim had been hit multiple times with a baseball bat and
repeatedly run over with Stemple’s pickup. The victim died from blunt force
trauma to the head and also had fractures to her arms, ribs, pelvis, vertebrae
According to court records from the Oklahoma Courts of Criminal Appeals,
Stemple “concocted a plan to terminate the life of his wife, Trisha Stemple,
and to collect her life insurance proceeds. Stemple was having an extra-marital
affair with Dani Wood. Dani Wood had a sixteen year old cousin, Terry Hunt.
According to Hunt, Stemple offered him $25,000 to $50,000 to help kill Trisha
(if they collected the insurance money).”
“(Timothy) Stemple arranged for Hunt to drive Stemple’s pickup to a particular
location on highway 75 and leave the hood up,” court documents state. “Stemple
and Trisha arrived in their black Nissan Maxima. Stemple began working on the
truck and Trisha stood next to the truck. Hunt came up behind Trisha and hit
her in the head with the bat. The blow did not render Trisha unconscious, so
Stemple took the bat and hit her several more times.
“Stemple and Hunt then placed Trisha’s head in front of the front tire of the
pickup and attempted to run over her head, however, the tire would not roll
over Trisha’s head so her head was pushed along the pavement. After this,
Trisha tried to get up. Stemple grabbed the bat and hit her several more times.
The pair then placed Trisha’s body under the truck and drove over her chest.
After this Trisha rose up on her elbows, so Stemple hit her again several times
with the bat.
“Stemple then went back to the black Nissan and drilled a hole in the front
tire to make it look as if Trisha’s car had a flat. One expert testified that
the hole in the tire had spiral striations consistent with drilling. Stemple
and Hunt left in the pickup, but decided to turn around to make sure Trisha was
dead. When they got back to the spot where they left Trisha, they noticed that
she had crawled into the grass beside the road. Stemple then sped up and ran
over Trisha as she lay in the grass.
“Trisha’s body was found later that morning, after Stemple called reporting
that she was missing ... Stemple claimed that he was at home when Trisha left
during the middle of the night. Stemple testified that he believed that Wood
was responsible for the murder of Trisha.”
The court document continues by stating that the “type of injuries sustained
and the description of the attack show that Trisha Stemple suffered great
physical pain before she died.”
Stemple’s co-defendant Terry L. Hunt, now 31 years old, testified for the
prosecution during Timothy Stemple’s hearing and is currently in custody at the
R.B. Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy. He is serving a life sentence,
according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website at
Stemple continues to maintain his innocence of this crime and claims he was at
home when his wife was killed.
Stemple has been housed on death row inside OSP’s H-unit since Feb. 23, 1998.
The last death row inmate to be executed at OSP was Gary R. Welch, 49, who
received his death sentence for the 1994 slaying of 35-year-old Robert Dean
Hardcastle and was executed on Jan. 5, 2012. Welch’s execution was the 1st in
the United States in the year 2012.
Oklahoma death row inmate Garry Thomas Allen was scheduled to be executed on
Feb. 16 until Gov. Mary Fallin granted a 30-day stay so her legal team could
have more time to consider a 2005 recommendation by the Oklahoma State Pardon
and Parole Board to commute his sentence to life. Allen received his death
sentence for the 1986 murder of his wife, Lawanna Gail Titsworth. Allen was
convicted of gunning down Titsworth just days after she moved out of their home
with their 2 sons, who were ages 6 and 2 at the time.
Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt also recently requested that an
execution date be set for death row inmate Michael Bascum Selsor, 57. Selsor
received his death sentence for the 1995 murder of 55-year-old Clayton Chandler
during a robbery of a Tulsa convenience store.
(source: McAlester News-Capital)