Richard Fairchild, Oklahoma
Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Oklahoma executed Richard Stephen Fairchild on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Richard was pronounced dead at 10:24 am local time, inside the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAllister, Oklahoma. Sixty-three-year-old Richard is convicted of murdering three-year-old Adam Broomhall on November 14, 1993, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. For the last 26 years, Richard has been on death row in Oklahoma.
At the age of 15, Richard’s mother was killed in a car accident caused by an alcoholic. Her death left Richard depressed. Richard had a family history of alcohol abuse. He was known to be “explosive” when he drank. Richard also had a history of drug use, was an amateur boxer, and sustained at least one serious head injury.
By November 1993, Richard Fairchild was living with his girlfriend, Stacy Broomhall, and her three children. On November 13, 1993, Fairchild and Stacy spent most of the afternoon and evening drinking beer. Both were too intoxicated to drive home that night. Stacy’s sister, Charity, agreed to drive them home. Charity put the three children to bed. After receiving sexual advances from Fairchild, Charity called a cab to go home instead of spending the night at her sister’s place.
While waiting for the cab to arrive, Fairchild approached Charity outside. He was carrying a baseball bat. He told Charity that if someone other than a cab driver came to pick her up, he would beat them to death with the baseball bat. Charity left in a cab around 10:30 pm.
About three hours later, Stacy’s three-year-old son Adam woke up crying. Stacy was still asleep and Fairchild warned Adam to be quiet. When Adam did not quiet down, Fairchild hit him several times. He then held Adam against a hot wall heater, causing severe second-degree burns. Fairchild then threw Adam against a table, where he stopped breathing.
Fairchild woke Stacy. They called the police and Adam was rushed to the hospital. Adam’s upper lip and left ear drum were ruptured. He also had severe internal bleeding and swelling from his head injury. He died several hours after being taken to the hospital. When questioned by the police, Fairchild initially claimed that Adam had been running around the house and ran into the table.
During his trial, Fairchild’s attorneys argued that he should not be sentenced to death because he was drunk at the time of the murder. Therefore he was not responsible for his actions. Fairchild was convicted and sentenced to death.
Pray for peace and healing for the family of Adam. Pray for strength for the family of Richard Fairchild.
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