- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 13, 2003

MCALESTER, Okla., Feb. 13 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man was executed Thursday for killing a 77-year-old woman while trying to steal her television to sell for drugs.

Bobby Joe Fields, 39, was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the 1993 murder of Louise Schem in Oklahoma City. He was the second convicted killer executed by the state this year.

Fields smiled at his witnesses when the blinds were raised in the execution chamber of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He spoke to them briefly, expressing his love.

When the warden asked for his final words, Fields said he was going to keep it short " … so we can go ahead and get this out of the way." He then began talking to his witnesses again, asking one of them to take care of his son. "I love y'all," he said.

Turning back to the warden again, Fields said, "Let's go ahead and get this out of the way."

The lethal injection appeared to quickly take hold of Fields, who made a few sounds as the drugs began to take effect and then he fell quiet.

A minister read Biblical scripture and inmates could be heard banging on their cells before Fields was pronounced dead by an attending physician.

The victim had no witnesses present; the Oklahoma attorney general said no relatives could be found.

On March 2, 1993, Fields entered Schem's Oklahoma City home to steal her television and videocassette recorder so he could sell them for money to purchase crack cocaine.

During the robbery, Schem confronted Fields with a gun, a struggle ensued, and continued in Schem's front yard. That was where Fields shot Schem in the head severing her spinal cord. Fields sold the gun for $40 before being arrested.

Fields was the 57th convicted killer to be executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma, and the 140th since statehood. Six more Oklahoma death row inmates have execution dates scheduled in the next 60 days.

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