Jury selection begins in fire chief murder trial

Posted on: 10:23 am, May 7, 2013, by

EL RENO, Okla. – Jury selection began Monday for the first-degree murder trial of Rebecca Bryan, who is accused of fatally shooting her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, in their Mustang home in September of 2011.

Canadian County District Attorney Mike Fields and Bryan’s defense attorney, Gary James, questioned 30 potential jurors all day for any bias they may have that would affect their verdict.

James asked jurors if they would be able to handle gruesome photos during the trial.

“That juror needs to be able to look at all the evidence,” Attorney and legal analyst David Slane said, “and if they tell you in advance that they cannot, then he’s concerned obviously there’s some point he needs to make and he won’t be able to make it to that juror.”

Fields asked jurors if they would be able to choose a sentence of life with parole or life without parole if Bryan is convicted.

“I need to make certain that you’re able to punish if you agree with this,” Slane said, “and I think he’s going to ask them to put her away for a long time, if not forever.”

Bryan sat quietly throughout the questioning, showing little reaction.

On September 20th, 2011, she called 9-1-1 and claimed that an intruder shot her husband.

Chief Bryan later died from a gunshot wound to the head.

But police say they found a gun in the clothes drier and a shell casing and bullet that matched an ammo box found in the couple’s bedroom.

Prosecutors say Bryan left a voice mail for an ex-lover before the shooting, saying she would be inheriting a lot of money.

Canadian County District Judge Gary Miller said jury selection would continue Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.