Wife of slain Nichols Hills fire chief is charged

Rebecca Bryan is charged with murder in her husband's shooting death. Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, was killed in a Sept. 20 shooting in their Mustang home.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Modified: September 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm •  Published: September 30, 2011

— Wearing an orange-and-white-striped jail suit and glasses, with shackles on her feet, Rebecca Bryan walked slowly through a Canadian County courtroom and smiled at her son, Kent Bryan, and mouthed the words, “I love you.”

The wife of slain Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan was charged Friday with first-degree murder and appeared in court for her initial arraignment. She was arrested Sept. 23 in the shooting death of her husband in their Mustang home at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive.

Bryan's attorney, Gary James, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

“They've got to prove we did it,” James said after the hearing. “You've probably seen 2 percent of the evidence in this case. Reserve judgment.”

Prosecutor Paul Hesse asked that Bryan be held in the Canadian County jail without bail. James said he will file a bond request. Bryan's next court date is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 4.

Hesse declined to comment on the case.

Keith Bryan, 52, died of a gunshot wound to the head on Sept. 20.

Rebecca Bryan, 52, claimed an intruder shot her husband and fled in a pickup.

She told a 911 dispatcher a man 25 or 26 years old, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, shot her husband and then apologized and said the fire chief should have hired him.

She was arrested at an Oklahoma City hotel after investigators said they found a .380-caliber handgun, a spent shell casing and a glove in a clothes dryer in her house. Ammunition and a handgun box were found between the mattress and box springs on what appeared to be her side of the bed, they said.

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