Family, friends of convicted murderer Shaun Michael Bosse plead for his life

Friends and relatives of convicted triple-murderer Shaun Michael Bosse pleaded for the man's life Wednesday in a McClain County courtroom.
by Andrew Knittle Published: November 1, 2012

He told jurors that he was seeking a career as an actor and, for some reason, that he has “slept with over 600 people.”

“I was a part-time dad,” Jack Bosse said “I was a good father but I was an awful husband.”

When asked whether his son deserved the death penalty for the crimes he was convicted of earlier in the week, Jack Bosse said he didn't believe in capital punishment.

“Not even (for) Timothy McVeigh,” he said. “(But) he should not walk free a day in his life.”

Several of Bosse's relatives made reference to the bullying he endured from his brother, Matthew.

Valerie Barnett, the defendant's aunt, became tearful as she recalled the way Matthew Bosse treated his brother, who was eight years younger.

“He tormented Shaun a lot,” Barnett said of Matthew Bosse. “He'd pick on him ‘til he'd be screaming and bawling,” said Barnett, who mouthed “I love you” to Bosse as she left the stand.

Johnny Pendley, Bosse's great uncle, also commented on the bullying behavior he saw at the defendant's childhood home in Blanchard.

“Matthew was hard on him,” Pendley said. “It was quite obvious Matthew liked to bully him a lot.”

Defense attorneys called more than a dozen witnesses to the stand Wednesday as jurors are being asked to decide whether Bosse will receive life in prison or the death penalty.

The victims' family addressed the jury Tuesday, asking them to recommend the death penalty when the sentencing phase wraps up.

Katrina Griffin and her son, Christian, were killed in the same bedroom in a knife attack. Chasity Hammer died of smoke inhalation after Bosse locked her in a closet shortly before the mobile home was set on fire, prosecutors theorized.


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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