ADA The friend of an Ada man who killed his former girlfriend's daughter and then turned the gun on himself will go to trial for the girl's death, a judge decided Monday.
Faye Francis Sliger, 51, is charged with first-degree murder after the death of Caitlin Wooten, 16. He is due back in court Jan. 10, when a trial date likely will be set, a court spokeswoman said after his preliminary hearing Monday.
Sliger is accused of helping Jerry Don Savage kidnap Wooten in September. Police say Savage, 47, shot Wooten in the head then killed himself in the woods behind Sliger's home southwest of Ada.
Sliger is charged with first-degree murder because he helped Savage kidnap and kill Wooten, Assistant District Attorney Chris Ross said.
Defense attorney David Smith said Sliger shouldn't be charged with anything, but if he was, a charge of accessory to murder after the fact would be more appropriate. Ross disagreed, saying Sliger talked with Savage before Wooten died. Special Judge John Miller sided with Ross.
New details of Wooten's abduction emerged during Sliger's four-hour hearing Monday morning:
Wooten's mother pleaded with Sliger, who was in a Pontotoc County jail cell, to help her find her daughter the night she was missing. Sliger said he knew nothing.
The cell phone Savage used to call Wooten's mother moments before her death was issued by his employer the state Transportation Department.
Savage spent time in Rolling Hills Hospital, an in-patient psychiatric and drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Ada, shortly before kidnapping Wooten's mother in August.
Mother asks for help Wooten's mother, Donna Wooten, didn't flinch when she spoke of her daughter's abduction and murder. She testified stoically, wearing a black sweater and thin gold necklace, about speaking with her ex-boyfriend on his cell phone before her daughter died. "He told me that he had Caitlin and that he was going to kill her.
During the phone call, Savage told her they were in the woods. She said her thoughts turned to Sliger, Savage's friend who owned land outside town. She went to him for help that evening.
"I went to the jail and begged him to tell me anything about Caitlin. Staring back at her through the jail cell bars, Sliger said he knew nothing.
Cell phone use detailed A handful of calls were made among Savage's cell phone, Sliger's cell phone and Sliger's home phone, Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover testified. Two calls were made to Sliger's cell phone from a Transportation Department office phone one at 9:13 a.m. and a second at 12:39 p.m.
Several more calls from Savage's state-issued cell phone followed through the afternoon, minutes after Wooten was abducted.
Terri Angier of the Transportation Department said the agency hadn't been notified by authorities whether the cell phone Sliger used the day of Caitlin's death was a state-issued phone.
If it was, she said, addressing the problem would be an issue of compliance, not policy.
"Our cell phone policy is fairly clear that we don't use it for personal use, Angier said. "But obviously in his case, there was a different situation.
Savage's behavior outlined Several witnesses, including police, neighbors and family, talked about the events leading up to and after Wooten's death.
Savage's son, Jarod Savage, said his father had been admitted to Rolling Hills Hospital but was released shortly before he kidnapped Wooten's mother at gunpoint in August.
After his arrest, Jerry Savage was depressed, Jarod Savage said. Though he had mentioned suicide, Jarod Savage said the talk wasn't unusual for his father.Archive ID: 2849396