EL RENO, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation came under intense scrutiny Tuesday by Becky Bryan’s defense attorney, who accused the agency of using inexperienced agents that did a poor job of collecting evidence at the defendant’s house after her husband was murdered.
Bryan is accused of fatally shooting her husband of 33 years, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, as he was sitting on a living room couch, watching a movie at the couple’s Mustang home in September of 2011.
Prosecutors said she killed her husband to collect an inheritance and move closer to a former lover living in Hugo.
Becky claims an intruder shot her husband and then told her Keith should have hired him.
OSBI agent Martin Solorzano took the stand Tuesday morning.
In the Bryan’s clothes dryer, he found a gun, a latex glove, a blanket with holes and a shell casing.
Defense attorney Gary James got Solorzano to admit that no fingerprints were taken from the dryer and no photographs were taken of a shell casing found in the utility room.
Solorzano also said OSBI does not have a “protocol” of changing gloves at crime scenes before picking up evidence.
James argued that could contaminate a crime scene.
Special Agent Shawn Wright also took the stand and admitted this was the first time he was a lead case agent for OSBI.
James asked him why agents didn’t search for footprints in the garage, why they didn’t test Becky’s face for gun shot residue and why she was allowed to go back into the crime scene and sit down on a chair.
James said she could have gotten gun shot residue on her body from sitting there.
James also asked why Wright hadn’t interviewed juvenile suspects from a previous burglary at the residence of Becky’s son, Kent, during which a gun similar to the alleged murder weapon was stolen.
Agents found an empty Ruger LCP handgun box between the mattress and box springs on Becky’s side of the couple’s bed that had the same serial number as the gun found in the dryer.
Ammunition boxes were also found.
James pointed out that one bullet was found in the gun’s chamber, four bullets were found in the gun’s magazine.
A sixth bullet was used to kill Keith Bryan.
However, in one of the ammo boxes found in Bryan’s bedroom, there were only five missing bullets.
Wright pointed out there were 16 rounds missing from another ammunition box and said people often put bullets in whatever ammo box is available.
James finished Tuesday’s questioning by saying a witness, J.W. Jones, told Mustang police the day after Keith Bryan died that he saw a man who fit Becky’s intruder description driving erratically away from the area.
However, James said OSBI didn’t come forward with that information until last month.
Wright admitted he didn’t interview Jones until Monday, the day before he took the stand.
Wright said it could have been a “simple oversight” by OSBI to not release that report until last month, but he did not think it was critical to the investigation in September of 2011.
Canadian County District Judge Gary E. Miller apologized to the jury for the trial lasting so long, much longer than he told them to expect last week, and said he hoped the trial could be wrapped up by the end of this week.