City man gets life term in murder
A man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for killing a friend over a missing cellphone. A jury convicted Dannie S. Lee last month of first-degree murder in the May 24, 2011, shooting death of Marquis Lewis, 18, outside an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Willow Cliff Road. Lee told jurors he accidentally shot Lewis when the latter reached for Lee's gun during a confrontation. Prosecutors argued that Lee was the aggressor and shot Lewis seven times at close range because he was angry over his girlfriend's missing phone. Lee apologized to the victim's mother before being sentenced.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Slaying victim's girlfriend testifies
A woman told a judge Wednesday she was tied up and watched as her boyfriend was robbed and shot to death during a home invasion. Justina Garcia testified during a preliminary hearing for Gerald Dwayne Jackson, 22, of Oklahoma City. Jackson and another man are accused of killing Christopher Trevino, 25, on Jan. 15 at his home in the 7900 block of S McKinley. Prosecutors allege Jackson and Joshua Odith Johnson, 23, tied up Trevino, Garcia and the victim's sister in the house during the robbery. Garcia identified Jackson as the shooter and said he robbed Trevino of between $15,000 and $20,000 before shooting him twice in the back of the head at close range. Jackson's hearing was continued until next month. Johnson waived his right to preliminary hearing Wednesday and is due back in court in April.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Man arrested in exposure incident
Police say they arrested a New Jersey man who was exposing himself while waving to passing motorists in southwest Oklahoma City. Lawton Levon Lowe, 41, of Newark, N.J., was arrested Monday after an officer found him walking toward Interstate 40 on S Western, facing oncoming northbound traffic. Lowe was wearing pants and boxer shorts but his penis was exposed where passing motorists could clearly see it, according to the report. Lowe was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and was released Tuesday.
LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER
Blanchard defendant gets trial date
CHICKASHA — A Blanchard man whose accomplice was shot and killed by teenage mother Sarah McKinley has a new trial date. Dustin Stewart, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in Grady County District Court because his accomplice was killed during an attempted robbery. His new trial date is set for March 25 in Chickasha. Stewart, who is free but forced to wear an ankle monitoring device, is accused of waiting outside while Justin Martin forced his way into McKinley's mobile home Dec. 31, 2011, with the intent of taking painkillers from the residence. The defendant has pleaded not guilty. McKinley shot and killed Martin while a 911 operator listened. The case garnered national attention after the recording of McKinley and the operator was made public.
ANDREW KNITTLE, STAFF WRITER
Man shot by police booked into jail
VINITA — Authorities say a man who was shot by police Wednesday was treated for injuries at a hospital and then booked into the Craig County jail. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports Michael O'Mara, 24, of Wichita, Kan., was arrested on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. According to the report, two Vinita police officers and a Big Cabin officer began pursuing a vehicle about 3:30 a.m. about 1/2 mile north of the U.S. 69 and State Highway 66 junction. The vehicle went down a dead-end road and then turned and drove toward officers. That's when officers fired at O'Mara, according to the report. The OSBI did not release the names of the officers involved.
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Teen charged with manslaughter
ENID — A 16-year-old Enid boy is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a woman killed in a traffic accident. Authorities said the youth is accused of being intoxicated and not having a valid driver's license when he struck another vehicle, killing Patricia Russell, 55, of Enid. Russell was pronounced dead at a hospital after the Sunday crash. The youth remains in the Garfield County jail. Police say the boy was driving at high speed before hitting a car in which Russell was a passenger. The youth suffered minor injuries and the other driver was hospitalized.