Okla. man executed for 1996 killing

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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 7:21 PM
Okla. man executed for 1996 killing

An Oklahoma man has been executed for the 1996 shooting death of a fisherman along the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

Donald Ray Wackerly received a lethal injection on Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m.

Wackerly was convicted in the shooting death of 51-year-old Pan Sayakhoummane (sy-ak-hoo-MAHN'-ee) during a robbery in Sequoyah County.

The Laos native from Fort Smith, Ark., was shot between seven and nine times with a .22-caliber rifle in the head, back, chest, arm, wrist and hand. His body was found the next day in his partly submerged pickup truck in the Arkansas River.

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Wackerly maintained his innocence and claimed he was set up by his wife.