OKLAHOMA – “She had a big heart, and she was always smiling when I saw her. We were her family,” said Samantha Searle.
But, Searle lost her best friend early Tuesday morning after Brianne King jumped out of a car near I-44 and May Avenue allegedly to get away from the driver, her husband Michael Muller.
“He tore her down from the strong-willed person I knew. He made her believe that she was a horrible person,” Searle said.
Her friends said King was abused for several years – sometimes, they said in front of the couple’s children.
“These babies talk about how their daddy hurt their mommy, like it’s a normal part of life that’s supposed to happen,” Searle said.
Even Searle witnessed one situation.
“I watched him smash her face against a wall, causing three of her teeth to loosen and one to fall out,” she said.
And, both Searle and Jennifer Morgan said they tried to get the mother of five out of the situation.
“We concocted plan after plan after plan to get her and those kids out of there,” Searle said.
“I just wish there would have been some way to break her to where she… break her from him,” Morgan said.
“She told us lots of times she was going to die. She was afraid.”
Muller has had several charges against him on domestic violence and child abuse.
He is in jail right now on an outstanding felony warrant, but Oklahoma City police are calling King’s death suspicious.
And, because she can’t testify in this case or previous domestic abuse charges, the question becomes: can Muller be tried?
“Assistant district attorneys are really working on becoming more skilled on evidence-based prosecutions where we’re looking at the facts of the case, legality indicators and research so that victim testimony isn’t necessary.”
But, right now, King’s friends just want justice.
“You killed her. Whether she jumped from the car or you pushed her, she’s dead, because of you,” Searle said.
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