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Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 4, 2013

Oklahoma briefs for Jan. 4
Modified: January 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013



Going back

to school

As the holidays wrap up, students are returning to the classroom. Students attending Oklahoma City Public Schools return to classes Friday morning. Edmond, Mustang and Yukon students return to school Monday. The Moore, Deer Creek and Choctaw-Nicoma Park school districts reopen Tuesday. Putnam City, Norman, Shawnee and Midwest City-Del City students returned to class this week.



Man pleads not guilty

An Oklahoma man has pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges for the deaths of an Arkansas woman and her fetus. Trial is set June 17 for Christopher Kenyon Simpson, 26, of Fort Coffee, who is accused of fatally shooting Ka'Loni Marie Flynn, of Fort Smith, Ark. Simpson has been held without bond at the Le Flore County jail since his arrest June 21, 2012. Flynn's body was found April 9 in a car near Spiro. Prosecutors allege Simpson shot Flynn after she told him she was pregnant. Lawyers for Simpson don't want prosecutors to be able to use phone records that allegedly place Simpson in the area of the slaying on grounds that authorities obtained them without a warrant.