SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A hearing for an Oklahoma man charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the 1992 disappearance and deaths of two women and a girl was postponed Monday.
Grover Prewitt Jr. was charged after the bodies of Wendy Camp; her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp's sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear, were found buried in April on land that he and his late mother owned at separate times in the early 1990s.
Creek County Special Judge Richard Woolery reset Prewitt's hearing for Sept. 27. Prewitt, who is out of jail on bond, sat in the front row Monday, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prewitt's defense attorney, Mike Jones, welcomed the delay.
“The longer the case drags out, the better for my client,” Jones said. “If they had a preliminary hearing (today) they would not meet the burden of proof.”
A message seeking comment from prosecutor Laura Farris was not immediately returned.
According to an affidavit, Prewitt told investigators that he dug the hole for a septic tank and that after the women and girl disappeared, his mother, Ida Prewitt, asked him to fill it in and sprinkle the ground with pepper to cover up any odor.
Prewitt told police he thought the request was odd but did as his mother asked.
He told investigators he suspected the bodies were in the hole but didn't look inside to confirm his suspicions before a backhoe operator filled it in. Prosecutors said the backhoe operator died years ago.
While no one has been charged in the deaths, prosecutors have alleged that Prewitt deliberately interfered with attempts to prosecute his mother, who died in 2011, and other family members.
Prosecutors say in court documents that investigators had Prewitt wear a wire to secretly try to elicit incriminating statements from relatives. The effort failed, and investigators contend that Prewitt sabotaged the investigation.
Jones has disputed that, saying his client voluntarily stepped forward to help law enforcement.