OKLAHOMA CITY —
Thacker’s lawyer, Ray Bauman, declined comment. Prosecutors did not respond to a request for comment.
In testimony to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, the families of Patterson and Hill painted a picture of permanent grief and shattered lives.
“He took my superman. He took my hero,” Donna Breece, one of Patterson’s three children, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “They don’t get better. You just learn to live with it and God makes it bearable.”
Breece said she believes her father has forgiven Thacker, and so has she.
“It was like he still had ahold of me, and I don’t want to live like that,” she said. “It was just sickening, it was awful. I had to forgive him.”
Breece said she regretted Thacker’s execution only because it would cause grief to his own family. She didn’t plan to attend.