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Co-defendant in Oklahoma Capitol bomb threat case testifies against love interest

Whittni Butts, 18, tells the judge that Eric Thompson, 45, persuaded her to make threats using the name of his ex-girlfriend.
by Tim Willert Published: April 30, 2013
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The caller made bomb threats against the Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23, and Tuscany Village Nursing Home, 2333 Manchester Drive, where King worked, court records show.

Butts testified about paying $200 to bail Thompson out of the Oklahoma County jail, where he was being held on complaints of drug possession near a school with intent to distribute. She said she agreed to call 911 and pretend to be King after Thompson pressed her to make the threats.

“He said that he wanted Denise King to feel the way he felt because she put him in jail,” Butts said. “I told him no. He got mad and started yelling at me.”

A judge will decide later this week if there is probable cause to send Thompson to trial.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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