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Judge grants Andrew indigent status to pay legal costs of appeal

By Nick Trougakos Published: October 2, 2004
Convicted murderer Brenda Andrew was granted indigent status Friday by an Oklahoma County judge, clearing the way for taxpayers to pay the bill for the appeal of her death sentence.

Oklahoma County District Judge Twyla Mason Gray said she reviewed Andrew's financial assets and found she qualified for court-appointed representation.

Andrew, 40, was convicted in July on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A jury decided she planned and then took part in the Nov. 20, 2001 shotgun slaying of her husband, Oklahoma City advertising executive Rob Andrew, 39.

Friday's hearing included discussion of the whereabouts of a hot tub, jewelry and home furnishings Brenda Andrew may have given to her mother against court orders.

Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said the hot tub, purchased by Rob Andrew, had been given to Brenda Andrew's sister, Kim Bowlin.

Gray said Brenda Andrew has claimed several pieces of jewelry have been lost or stolen or were given to Brenda Andrew's daughter, Tricity.

Gray has scheduled another hearing Friday to allow time to account for the jewelry. She said she will outline where the jewelry will go, noting prosecution attorneys support giving it to the Andrew children.

Brenda Andrew was sentenced to death Sept. 22. She is the state's only female death row inmate.

Her lover and co-defendant, James Pavatt, also was sentenced to die in the 2003 of killing Rob Andrew.

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