An Oklahoma State Penitentiary death row inmate, convicted of three counts of murder, was executed this evening in the prison’s execution chamber.
Michael Edward Hooper, 40, received his death sentence and was executed for the 1993 shooting murders of his ex-girlfriend, Cynthia Lynn Jarman, age 23, and her two children, Tanya Kay Jarman, age 5, and Timmy Glen Jarman, age 3.
At approximately noon today, Hooper was served his last meal: A small cranberry juice, a small coffee, a small portion of blackberries, a small portion of cherries, strawberries, a peach, an apricot, a plum, a pear, an apple, a banana and an orange.
When all witnesses were seated and able to see Hooper on the execution gurney, he turned his head and smiled at his family.
OSP Acting Warden Art Lightle asked Hooper if he had any last words.
“I just want to thank God for such an exuberant sendoff,” Hooper said. “Also my family for standing by me throughout all this. I appreciate them being there for me through the hardships.
“I’d like to ask forgiveness for all those who need it — you know who you are.
“I ask that my spirit be released directly into the hands of Jesus and I’m ready to go.
“I love you all.”
Hooper’s mother said, “Amen.”
And then at 6:08 p.m., Lightle then said, “Let the execution begin.”
The witness room was silent as Hooper was administered the lethal injections. At 6:09 p.m., Hooper looked over at his family one last time and said, “I love you all,” as his eyes fluttered and then shut.
At 6:14 p.m. the attending physician pronounced Hooper’s time of death.
A clergy member, sitting next to Hooper’s mother, turned to her and said, “He’s at peace. When you have the assurance that Michael had, he was ready to go.”
Witnessing the execution were 15 members of the victim’s family; Hooper’s mother, brother and two clergy representatives, four law enforcement representatives and two media witnesses, as well as employees from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Hooper was the 183rd death row inmate to be executed in Oklahoma.
After the execution was complete, members of the victims’ family released a written statement:
“We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Hooper. This has been a long and arduous journey for all of the families. We hope to close this chapter in our lives. Tonya, Timmy and Cindy will always be in our hearts and in our minds. They will forever be missed and loved deeply.”
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