Behavior called 'bizarre' in Mustang murder trial; testimony to resume Monday

Oklahoma's chief medical examiner and a psychologist testified Friday in the trial of Rebecca Bryan, who is accused of killing her husband of 33 years, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, in their Mustang home.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: May 10, 2013

— The state medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan testified Friday that microscopic fibers found in his brain were consistent with a blanket being held over the muzzle of the gun used to shoot him.

Police searching the Bryan home in Mustang after the shooting found a blanket with apparent bullet holes in a clothes dryer, along with a latex glove, a spent shell casing and the gun later shown to be the weapon used to shoot Bryan about 10 p.m. Sept. 20, 2011.

The evidence found in the dryer contradicts the account of the shooting given by the victim's wife, Rebecca Bryan, who is on trial on a charge of murder. The gun was a .380 caliber Ruger she owned and often carried with her.

Bryan, 54, was married to Keith Bryan, 52, for 33 years before the shooting. She blamed an intruder who she said walked into the house at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive and shot her husband before apologizing and saying the fire chief should have hired him.

Keith Bryan was taken to a hospital, where he died the next morning.

Rebecca Bryan told investigators the intruder came into the house through the garage, shot her husband and left the way he came in. She did not say the gun was covered by a blanket, and her story would not allow for the gun to end up in the dryer, which was not on the way from the living room to the garage.

Dr. Eric Pfeifer, the state's chief medical examiner and a forensic pathologist, told jurors Friday that he performed the autopsy on Keith Bryan the day after he died.

While examining the path of the bullet through Bryan's head, Pfeifer found microscopic fibers both at the entry wound on the right side of his head and along the path the bullet took through his brain.

Pfeifer said the presence of the fibers is consistent with the prosecution's theory that the blanket found in the Bryans' dryer was covering the muzzle of the gun used to shoot Keith Bryan.


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