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OKLAHOMA CITY—A man who was convicted of kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder is scheduled for execution in March.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set March 12 as the execution date for 42-year-old Steven Ray Thacker.

In Dec. 2002, Thacker pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder of 25-year-old Laci Dawn Hill.

Thacker met Hill in her home on Dec. 23, 1999 after answering an ad Hill placed to sell a pool table.

Thacker attempted to rob Hill, but when that failed he kidnapped her and took her to a rural cabin and raped her.

Thacker attempted to strangle Hill but eventually stabbed her in the chest and neck.

He fled to Missouri where he killed Forrest Reed Boyd and stole his car and credit cards.

When the car broke down in Tennessee, he called a tow truck driver.

After being confronted about using a stolen credit card, Thacker killed the tow truck driver, Ray Patterson.

He was given a death sentence for killing Patterson and a life sentence for killing Boyd.