Man accused in grisly murder waives right to preliminary hearing in Guthrie

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - In handcuffs and chains, Timothy Slawson walked into the Logan County courtroom to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

In September, Slawson is expected to enter a guilty plea and avoid a trial.

"They didn't want to put the family through this, we didn't want to put the family through this. We thought this was the best resolution for our side as opposed to what the result may have been at trial," said Adam Haselgren, the defense attorney.

Slawson was arrested back in 2013 for the brutal murder of 33-year-old Mindy Carder.

Prosecutors claim Slawson solicited sex with Carder before shooting and killing her.

After murdering her, prosecutors say he had sexual relations with her body.

Slawson was accused of later dumping Carder's body on a rural Guthrie road.

At the time of the crime, he was 21-years-old.

“He brutalized Miss Carder in a substantial way, so the plea he'll be entering will take that into account, and he will be held accountable for his horrible actions," said William Pierce, the assistant district attorney for Logan and Payne counties.

According to a court affidavit, Slawson planned to kill Carder after hiring her as a prostitute.

He also told investigators he wasn't upset he killed her, only that he had been caught.

"This is a unique, pretty brutal crime. This is not consistent with what usually happens up here," Pierce said.

Documents also show Carder was two months pregnant at the time of her murder.

Initially, Slawson was charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of the unborn child.

However, attorneys say that charge will be thrown out with this plea deal.

"This is not going to be a surprise or sort of last-minute and the judge will decide what happens. We know what's going to happen as long as the judge's okay with the deal."

That plea deal includes a guilty plea for first-degree murder.

In exchange, Slawson will get life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The state is also recommending mental health treatment for Timothy Slawson.

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