Two are charged in bomb threats on Oklahoma Capitol, nursing home

Eric R. Thompson, 45, and Whittni N. Butts, 18, are each charged with three felonies, including conspiracy, involving bomb threats on the Oklahoma Capitol and a nursing home.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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Oklahoma County prosecutors filed felony charges Friday against a couple accused of making a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the state Capitol.

Eric Randolph Thompson, 45, and Whittni Nikole Butts, 18, were charged in district court with two counts each of telephoning a bomb threat and one count each of conspiracy.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Thompson had Butts call in a bomb threat on the Governor's Mansion using the name of his ex-girlfriend in a scheme to get even with the woman.

Gov. Mary Fallin was in her office at the Capitol when the threat was made Feb. 1. She ordered the building be evacuated. More than 1,000 people, including 500 schoolchildren, were at the Capitol at the time, officials said.

Butts, of Dover, called 911 and made the threat about 10:30 a.m., about two hours after she bailed Thompson out of the Oklahoma County jail, according to the affidavit. Thompson was being held on complaints of drug possession near a school with intent to distribute, according to jail records.

The caller made bomb threats against the Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23, and Tuscany Village Nursing Home, 2333 Manchester Drive, where Thompson's ex-girlfriend, Denise King, works, according to the affidavit.

Both Thompson and Butts told troopers they made the bomb threats to get King in trouble, according to the affidavit.

Thompson is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, a detention officer said Friday. Butts is out on bail.


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