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  • Alleged serial killer indicted in Texas in fourth death, one from Oklahoma

    ANGELTON, Texas – An alleged serial killer has been indicted in the slaying of a North Texas college student nearly two decades after she went missing. A Texas grand jury indicted William Lewis Reece late Thursday on a charge of capital murder in the 1997 disappearance and death of 20-year-old University of North Texas student Kelli Cox. Reece was charged this summer in three other cold-case killings in Texas and Oklahoma. Cox, 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, 17-year-old Jessica Cain and 12-year-old […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of smothering wife in 2009 cold case faces trial

    POTEAU, Okla. – An Oklahoma judge has set an arraignment date for a 39-year-old man in the 2009 smothering death of his wife. Donald Bocephus Wilson will be arraigned Jan. 16 in LeFlore County on a count of first-degree murder in the death of his 23-year-old wife, Jody Rilee-Wilson. LeFlore County District Attorney Jeffrey Smith says Donald Wilson caused his wife’s death by “placing a piece of plastic over her face and smothering and suffocating her.” A man who was paragliding […]

  • Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

    TULSA, Okla. – Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan. The Oklahoma-based Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes says the federal agency didn’t inform the five tribes that it was releasing “potentially dangerous substances” on grounds where more than 100 children are buried. The council released a statement this past week opposing the tests. The site outside of Newkirk was […]

  • Oklahoma man who held stepdaughter captive for 19 years indicted

    MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere, during which time he fathered her nine children. An indictment handed up in Muskogee on Wednesday accuses Henri Michelle Piette of kidnapping Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis in 1995 or 1996 and traveling with the intent to have sex with her. An FBI agent says in an affidavit that Piette first had […]

  • Judge rejects immunity for Tulsa man in fatal shooting case

    TULSA, Okla. – A judge has denied an Oklahoma man’s request for immunity from prosecution for a first-degree murder charge under the state’s “stand your ground” law. The Tulsa World reports that 45-year-old William Wolverton Bridges faces charges in connection to the shooting death of 34-year-old Christopher Coffelt at his Tulsa home in February. Tulsa County District Judge William Musseman ruled Wednesday that the “stand your ground” law doesn’t apply to Bridges’ case because Coffelt was unarmed when he was […]

  • Ex-director of OSU’s multispectral lab indicted for fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Two people, including a former research executive who Oklahoma State University has sued for fraud and his wife, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for making a false statement to a bank and conspiracy. The indictment returned Thursday names 47-year-old Daniel Keogh and his wife, 36-year-old Danielle Keogh, both of Edmond. Daniel Keogh is a former contract operator of university-owned OSU-Multispectral Laboratories. The indictment alleges the Keoghs made a false statement to acquire a $3.2 […]

  • Kansas officers employ pit bull police dog

    STAFFORD, Kan. – Police in central Kansas have a new drug detective: a pit bull that was rescued by a Texas organization and trained for law enforcement work. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Stafford Police Department recently employed Kano, a 55-pound pit bull puppy. He completed his first drug bust on Monday. The department believes Kano is the first pit bull to work in such a role in Kansas. Kano trained with Universal K9, a San Antonio-based organization that […]

  • Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ken. – A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. The 57-year-old was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013. Louisville […]

  • Tulsa ex-officer convicted of manslaughter to be evaluated

    TULSA, Okla. – A former Oklahoma police officer has been transferred to a state prison, where officials will determine how he’ll serve his 15-year sentence in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend. The Tulsa World reports that 57-year-old Shannon Kepler arrived Monday at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. Kepler was kept in a single cell while at the Tulsa jail. It’s unclear whether he’ll be housed the same way in prison. Prison officials say his permanent assignment will […]

  • US court revives lawsuit over Oklahoma prison conditions

    MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A federal appeals court has revived an Oklahoma prison inmate’s lawsuit alleging conditions at a state prison violated his constitutional rights. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by 32-year-old Joseph Womble, who’s serving an 11-year sentence for first-degree robbery. Womble’s lawsuit alleges temperatures in his cell at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown exceeded 90 degrees 15 times in June 2016, causing him to become dehydrated. Womble […]

  • Man suspected of killing 3 in Houston captured in Dallas

    DALLAS – Authorities say police in Dallas have captured a 35-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of three people in a Houston home. Jeffrey Noble was booked late Sunday into the Dallas County jail and is being held on a charge of capital murder. Online jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney. The Harris County sheriff’s office on Monday confirmed Noble’s arrest but didn’t offer details. Investigators say Noble was seen leaving the scene of Friday’s shooting. Authorities […]