Closing arguments expectedProsecutors will call a final expert rebuttal witness this morning in the punishment phase of Kevin Ray Underwood's first-degree murder trial. The state's mental health expert will testify in response to mental health experts introduced by Underwood's defense attorneys. Last week, a jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Underwood of the 2006 murder of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin, Underwood's upstairs neighbor at a Purcell apartment complex. After the witness testifies and closing arguments are given, a jury will decide whether Underwood should get life imprisonment or death by lethal injection.
Jury advocates death sentenceA Garfield County jury in Enid gave the death penalty Thursday to Wendel Arden Grissom, 39, who was convicted Tuesday in the November 2005 slaying of a woman in Watonga, said District Attorney Cathy Stocker. Jurors took only about an hour to convict Grissom of first-degree murder, also finding him guilty on charges of shooting with intent to kill, grand larceny and possession of a firearm after felony conviction. Grissom fatally shot 23-year-old Amber Matthews during a robbery attempt. Co-defendant Jessie Floyd Johns will be tried later.
Former banker guilty in theftsA former Wagoner bank branch manager accused of embezzling $5.5 million from 90 customer accounts pleaded guilty Thursday to charges involving a fraction of her total theft. Rhonda Harris, 50, pleaded guilty to taking $34,620 from the Arvest Bank branch on Sept. 6, 2006, and to using the money to put a steel building on her property. Harris faces a range of 121 to 151 months in prison on the first count, and 135 to 168 months on the second count, Horn said. She also must help investigators determine the extent of her thefts.
Wine trademark suit dismissedA trademark lawsuit pitting an Oklahoma winery against an adult video distributor has been dismissed from federal court in Muskogee. The case was filed by Shady Ladies LLC, which operates the "Girls Gone Wine” winery at Broken Bow, against a California company that sells "Girls Gone Wild” videos featuring stripping co-eds. U.S. District Judge James H. Payne dismissed the suit Wednesday after five months of inactivity. From Staff Reports
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