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Oklahoma man accused of killing parents rejects plea deal; trial delayed

MULDROW— An Oklahoma man accused of killing his parents has turned down a plea deal and a judge granted a request that the trial be delayed.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 4, 2013
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MULDROW — An Oklahoma man accused of killing his parents has turned down a plea deal and a judge granted a request that the trial be delayed.

LeFlore County District Judge Jon Sullivan on Thursday set trial for 51-year-old Kevin Paul Statham for May 6. Trial was to have begun Jan. 14.

Prosecutors had offered Statham life without parole in exchange for guilty pleas to first-degree murder charges for the 2011 shotgun slayings of 69-year-old Helen Ruth Statham and 70-year-old Paul Everett Statham of Bokoshe.

A local newspaper reports that Statham could be sentenced to execution if convicted.

The judge left open the possibility that Statham could accept the plea offer later but said a deadline would be set.

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