Oklahoma attorney faces racketeering, solicitation charges
TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma attorney has been accused of racketeering, solicitation for murder and other charges by the state’s multicounty grand jury in connection with a convicted murderer who was allegedly operating a drug ring from prison.
An indictment unsealed Monday accuses 54-year-old Winston Connor II of 10 charges involving his relationship with 36-year-old Slint Tate, a former client of Connor’s who is serving life in prison for first-degree murder.
Authorities previously wiretapped a phone that Tate smuggled into prison and allegedly used to communicate with Connor in May 2016. Shortly afterward, prosecutors filed charges against suspects in a multi-state drug ring operated from prison that allegedly netted sales of up to $1 million a week.
Connor was arrested on Saturday in North Carolina.
Connor’s attorney, Paul DeMuro, told the Tulsa World that Connor is innocent and that they will “fight this tooth and nail.”