MULDROW — An Oklahoma man accused of killing his parents has turned down a plea deal and a judge granted a request that the trial be delayed.
LeFlore County District Judge Jon Sullivan on Thursday set trial for 51-year-old Kevin Paul Statham for May 6. Trial was to have begun Jan. 14.
Prosecutors had offered Statham life without parole in exchange for guilty pleas to first-degree murder charges for the 2011 shotgun slayings of 69-year-old Helen Ruth Statham and 70-year-old Paul Everett Statham of Bokoshe.
A local newspaper reports that Statham could be sentenced to execution if convicted.
The judge left open the possibility that Statham could accept the plea offer later but said a deadline would be set.