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Oklahoma Governor unlikely to stay execution

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin said the governor is unlikely to stay the execution of Timothy Stemple, who is scheduled to die on Thursday.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Tuesday that Fallin reviewed the case and said it would be "very unlikely" a stay would be granted. The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty met with Fallin's deputy general counsel Rebecca Frazier to plead for a stay of execution.

Coalition co-chair Lydia Polley said Stemple's family has compiled evidence that was never presented in court.

Stemple was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of his 30-year-old wife, Trisha Stemple, who was beaten with a baseball bat and run over with a pickup truck in Tulsa.