Investigators in Bryan murder case testify Tuesday

Defense attorney Gary James questioned two Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents about their handling of the search and the evidence in the shooting death of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: May 14, 2013
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— Rebecca Bryan's attorney spent several hours Tuesday trying to get OSBI agents to admit to mistakes made during the investigation of her husband's shooting.

Becky Bryan, 54, is on trial for murder in the death of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, 52, who was shot to death Sept. 20, 2011, at their Mustang home.

Police asked for assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation after Becky Bryan called 911 just after 10 that night and reported an intruder had come into their home at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive and shot her husband once in the head.

Investigators turned their attention to Becky Bryan after a gun belonging to her was found in the dryer of their home, along with a spent shell casing, a glove and a blanket with apparent bullet holes.

Previous testimony focused on sexual encounters Becky Bryan had in the days leading up to the shooting and her communication with a former lover who ended their extramarital affair in 2010.

OSBI Agents Martin Solorzano and Shawn Wright testified Tuesday about the search of the Bryan home in the hours after the shooting and various other aspects of the investigation.

Wright found a gun box for a Ruger LCP .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol under the mattress on Becky Bryan's side of the bed in the couple's living room along with several boxes of ammunition.

Solorzano said he searched the home's utility room.

He noticed a blanket through the clear door of the dryer. Solorzano said he pulled out the blanket and heard several items hit the floor of the utility room. Those items included a Ruger .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a spent shell casing and a rubber glove.

The blanket had several round holes in it that appeared to be bullet holes, Solorzano said.

Wright said the serial number on the gun matched the serial number on the gun box found under the mattress.

Procedural questions

Becky Bryan's attorney, Gary James, questioned Solorzano and Wright about their handling of the search and the evidence. He asked why agents don't change gloves, suggesting gunshot residue could have been transferred onto evidence by agents who handled items during the search.

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