EL RENO — Rebecca Bryan's attorney spent several hours Tuesday trying to get OSBI agents to admit to mistakes made during the investigation of her husband's shooting.
Becky Bryan, 54, is on trial for murder in the death of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, 52, who was shot to death Sept. 20, 2011, at their Mustang home.
Police asked for assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation after Becky Bryan called 911 just after 10 that night and reported an intruder had come into their home at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive and shot her husband once in the head.
Investigators turned their attention to Becky Bryan after a gun belonging to her was found in the dryer of their home, along with a spent shell casing, a glove and a blanket with apparent bullet holes.
Previous testimony focused on sexual encounters Becky Bryan had in the days leading up to the shooting and her communication with a former lover who ended their extramarital affair in 2010.
OSBI Agents Martin Solorzano and Shawn Wright testified Tuesday about the search of the Bryan home in the hours after the shooting and various other aspects of the investigation.
Wright found a gun box for a Ruger LCP .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol under the mattress on Becky Bryan's side of the bed in the couple's living room along with several boxes of ammunition.
Solorzano said he searched the home's utility room.
He noticed a blanket through the clear door of the dryer. Solorzano said he pulled out the blanket and heard several items hit the floor of the utility room. Those items included a Ruger .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a spent shell casing and a rubber glove.
The blanket had several round holes in it that appeared to be bullet holes, Solorzano said.
Wright said the serial number on the gun matched the serial number on the gun box found under the mattress.
Becky Bryan's attorney, Gary James, questioned Solorzano and Wright about their handling of the search and the evidence. He asked why agents don't change gloves, suggesting gunshot residue could have been transferred onto evidence by agents who handled items during the search.
James also asked why agents didn't check for fingerprints on the dryer where the gun was found and why they didn't photograph the shell casing found in the dryer.
Wright said the shell casing should have been photographed, and that “with the benefit of hindsight,” fingerprinting the dryer might have been a good idea.
James also brought up a report by a witness that he saw a vehicle in the Mustang area similar to the one Becky Bryan reported the intruder drove as he fled the house.
The only way to exit the Bryans' neighborhood is onto State Highway 152, the main east/west road through Mustang.
“It puts someone in a similar vehicle on Highway 152 minutes after 10 p.m. driving erratically,” James said of the witness' report.
James asked why agents didn't view security camera footage from businesses near the area where the vehicle was seen. Wright could not answer. He said he was not aware of the witness' report of the vehicle until recently.
Under cross examination, Wright said it is possible that Becky Bryan could have had gunshot residue on her hands if she was sitting near where her husband was shot.
Becky Bryan told police she was sitting on a chair in the living room when the intruder came in through the garage and shot Keith Bryan in the head as he sat on the couch. She reported the intruder apologized and said Keith Bryan should have hired him, then left through the garage.
Evidence found in the dryer is key to the case because an intruder entering and exiting the Bryan home through the garage would not have passed the utility room to dispose of any items.
Investigators have said the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan was matched to the gun found in the dryer. James has theorized that the shot could have been fired from an identical gun stolen from the home of the couple's son a few months earlier.
Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday, and District Judge Gary Miller apologized to jurors Tuesday for the length of the trial, saying he hopes it will conclude this week, but he could make no guarantees.