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.
EL RENO — 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.”
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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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