trial in death
A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old niece will face trial, a judge ruled Monday. Van Le, 50, of Oklahoma City, is charged with first-degree murder by child beating. Jessica Chau, 2, of Oklahoma City, died Sept. 24 at OU Medical Center of injuries consistent with homicide, police said. Le was baby-sitting the girl at a residence in the 1200 block of NW 28 when the injuries occurred, police said.
A man pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary charges Friday and was sentenced to six years in prison and 10 years probation, court records show. Prosecutors dismissed three other charges against Christopher Young, 20, of Oklahoma City. Young and co-defendant Paris Lapriest Powell, 39, of Oklahoma City, were accused of forcing their way into an apartment in October 2010 and sexually assaulting two women while the children of one of the victims were in a nearby room. In December 2011, a jury acquitted Powell, a former death row inmate, of 11 felony counts stemming from the home invasion attack. Powell fired his public defender during the trial and represented himself.
Trial set in boating death
A March 18 trial date was set Monday for a Jay middle school principal accused of recklessly driving a boat that resulted in the death of a lifelong friend. Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, is charged in Delaware County District Court with first-degree manslaughter and reckless operation of a vessel. Carroll, who is on unpaid administrative leave from the Jay School District, appeared in court on Monday with his attorney, Winston Connor II, before District Judge Robert Haney. According to a Grand River Dam Authority report, alcohol use and excessive speed contributed to the July 29 crash. A blood-alcohol test taken almost three-and-half hours after the crash showed Shane Carroll's blood alcohol registered 0.09, just above the legal limit of 0.08, according to court records.
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guilty in case
A former Murray County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in federal court in Muskogee in connection with an assault on a handcuffed inmate. Craig Billings pleaded guilty Friday to one count of deprivation of rights for violating the civil rights of the inmate who was being booked into the Murray County jail in October 2011. Billings, 39, was taken into custody and awaits sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but his attorney, Phil Hurst, says he has a plea agreement that will result in a significantly lesser punishment. Hurst declined further comment. Prosecutors maintain Billings tackled the handcuffed victim, grabbed him by the chin and slammed his head on the floor after the inmate verbally offended him.
Pastor stops thieves in act
A church pastor interrupted burglars Sunday morning. Pastor Shannon Watterson walked into Quest Church and noticed the television in the foyer was gone — then went into the sanctuary where he saw playground wagons loaded with televisions and other items. Watterson said he called police as the would-be thieves ran out a back door. Watterson said church services went on as planned. Church officials plan to install a security system.