Cleveland County jury finds woman guilty of murder

Loretta Hawks, 35, of Oklahoma City, was convicted Wednesday of killing Arthur Strozewski, 47, also of Oklahoma City, in a home-invasion style killing two years ago.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: June 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014
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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.


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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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