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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James also asked why agents didn't check for fingerprints on the dryer where the gun was found and why they didn't photograph the shell casing found in the dryer.

Wright said the shell casing should have been photographed, and that “with the benefit of hindsight,” fingerprinting the dryer might have been a good idea.

James also brought up a report by a witness that he saw a vehicle in the Mustang area similar to the one Becky Bryan reported the intruder drove as he fled the house.

The only way to exit the Bryans' neighborhood is onto State Highway 152, the main east/west road through Mustang.

“It puts someone in a similar vehicle on Highway 152 minutes after 10 p.m. driving erratically,” James said of the witness' report.

James asked why agents didn't view security camera footage from businesses near the area where the vehicle was seen. Wright could not answer. He said he was not aware of the witness' report of the vehicle until recently.

Under cross examination, Wright said it is possible that Becky Bryan could have had gunshot residue on her hands if she was sitting near where her husband was shot.

Becky Bryan told police she was sitting on a chair in the living room when the intruder came in through the garage and shot Keith Bryan in the head as he sat on the couch. She reported the intruder apologized and said Keith Bryan should have hired him, then left through the garage.

Evidence found in the dryer is key to the case because an intruder entering and exiting the Bryan home through the garage would not have passed the utility room to dispose of any items.

Matching bullet?

Investigators have said the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan was matched to the gun found in the dryer. James has theorized that the shot could have been fired from an identical gun stolen from the home of the couple's son a few months earlier.

Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday, and District Judge Gary Miller apologized to jurors Tuesday for the length of the trial, saying he hopes it will conclude this week, but he could make no guarantees.

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