NORMAN — A second person has been convicted of first-degree murder in the home-invasion style murder of a south Oklahoma City man.
A Cleveland County jury deliberated about four and a half hours Wednesday before finding Loretta Hawks, 35, of Oklahoma City, guilty of the stabbing death of Arthur Strozewski, 47, at his home on Aug. 31, 2012. Jurors also convicted Hawks of companion charges of kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
The jury recommended to District Judge Thad Balkman that Hawks serve life in prison for the murder, 15 years for one count of kidnapping and first-degree burglary, and 14 years for a second count of kidnapping.
A different jury found Hawks’ co-defendant Eddie Thompson, 35, also of Oklahoma City, guilty on June 10 of the same charges. That jury recommended Thompson serve life without parole on the murder charge and life sentences for each of the remaining counts.
A third co-defendant, Sebastian Shepherd, 19, is awaiting trial on murder, kidnapping and burglary charges. No trial date has been set.
In Hawks’ trial, testimony indicated she had lived with Strozewski at his residence at 9305 Winston Way. However, Strozewski had kicked the woman out of the house earlier on the day he was killed, according to the testimony.
Prosecutors say she returned later that evening with Thompson and Shepherd.
Strozewski was in the home with his two teenage children when the three returned. Prosecutors say Strozewski and his son were tied up with duct tape before Strozewski was stabbed to death. A daughter managed to call 911, as people fled the home. The teenagers were not injured, except for the trauma of the event.
Assistant District Attorney Christy Miller said Hawks was the only one of the three who knew Strozewski and that without her the other two defendants wouldn’t have known where he lived.
Defense attorney Tyson Stanek argued that Hawks had no plan to kill Strozewski and was not present when he was stabbed.