As for Helling's son, described by the suspect as being dead, Hewett said he doesn't believe that to be true.
“His son, the last information I had, is alive and well at a drug rehab center in Texas,” he said.
Hewett said OSBI agents interviewed Helling about the threats. He said an email was sent by Helling to KFOR-4, the local NBC affiliate, on the afternoon of June 5.
“They notified us right away ... the people who were named in the email,” Hewett said. “There were several names, mostly police officers and troopers, not just me and the governor's child.”
Helling, who told investigators he sent the emails from the Norman Public Library, was arrested June 7 in Norman on “unrelated warrants,” records show. He remains in custody at the Cleveland County jail.
Since 2012, the suspect has been arrested several times for public intoxication in McClain County, where he apparently lived for many years with his family without incident.
“Since all of this happened, I've learned that he used to live about a mile from me ... I remember seeing his OG&E truck parked out front for years,” Hewett said. “It was a nice brick house.”
Less than two weeks ago, three people sought protective orders against Helling in McClain County. Court records show that his wife recently filed for divorce.
“In my personal opinion, the guy just needs a massive amount of help,” Hewett said.