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Attorney killed by ex-husband in Oklahoma City murder-suicide

An Edmond attorney was killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide, police say. The bodies were found Tuesday evening in Oklahoma City.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: March 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm •  Published: March 23, 2011

Freda Cross took all the legal steps she could to protect herself after her ex-husband's alcoholism spiraled out of control, but it wasn't enough, her attorney said Wednesday.

The Edmond attorney was shot to death by her ex-husband Tuesday before he turned the gun on himself, police said. Cross recently had filed a protective order claiming she was being stalked and harassed.

Hours after he was released from jail Tuesday following his latest alcohol-related arrest, Michael J. McCreary, 61, began following Cross, 58, according to her attorney, Matt Buergler. About 6:15 p.m., she pulled her car into the parking lot of an empty convenience store at NW 26 and Western Avenue.

McCreary pulled up next to his ex-wife's car with the driver's side windows facing each another and shot her multiple times. McCreary then shot and killed himself, police said. The state medical examiner ruled it a murder-suicide.

“She was a dear friend and good attorney and a good mom among many other things,” Buergler said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Buergler said Cross was talking to a friend on her cell phone when she was shot.

McCreary, who had worked in real estate, had a long history of alcohol abuse which worsened late last year, said his attorney, Dan Murdock.

Cross filed for divorce in October, ending the couple's 10-year marriage.

“I know the divorce came about as a result of the alcohol abuse,” said Murdock, who said he knew McCreary for more than 30 years.

“I think Mike accepted that he had a problem, but it was uncontrollable and he just couldn't or wouldn't do anything about it.”

Divorce final in January

After the divorce was finalized in January, McCreary's behavior worsened. He was arrested by Edmond police Feb. 5 on complaints of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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