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Fatally shot Nichols Hills fire chief said marriage was good

Murder trial for his widow is set to begin Monday in El Reno.
by Nolan Clay Published: May 1, 2013

/articleid/3805049/1/pictures/2041158">Photo - In a Dec. 14, 1999 photo, Becky Bryan pins a firefighter lifesaving medal on her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. Keith Bryan was shot Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2011 by an alleged intruder at his home in Mustang, Okla. University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says Keith Bryan died early Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)
In a Dec. 14, 1999 photo, Becky Bryan pins a firefighter lifesaving medal on her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. Keith Bryan was shot Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2011 by an alleged intruder at his home in Mustang, Okla. University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says Keith Bryan died early Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)

Keith Bryan, 52, died at a hospital on Sept. 21, 2011.

He and his wife were married more than 30 years. She filed for divorce in January 2010 but took no further action.

In a 911 phone call, Rebecca Bryan blamed an intruder for the shooting.

She was arrested after the handgun used in the shooting was found in the clothes dryer inside the home.

On the night of the shooting, Rebecca Bryan had called a man she'd had an affair with in 2009 and said “she still loved him ... and that she was thinking of buying a house near where” he lives, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing and court records. She also had said she “was going to be inheriting a significant amount of money.”

After the shooting, she admitted to a friend she had sex with a different man earlier that day, according to testimony at the preliminary hearing.

District Judge Gary Miller is set to meet with a prosecutor and the defense attorney Wednesday morning to discuss pending legal motions.

Among the defense motions is one to limit prosecution testimony about Rebecca Bryan's demeanor after the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse told the judge, “The evidence of … her lack of grief following the shooting of her husband is relevant because it shows the defendant's consciousness of guilt.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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