Nolan Clay
Watchdog Sr. Reporter

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers' compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU's football field.

  • Wrong drug used for January execution, state records show

    By Nolan Clay and Rick M. Green Staff Writers | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    © Copyright 2015, The Oklahoman   The wrong deadly drug was used to execute baby killer Charles Frederick Warner in January, records show. Oklahoma Corrections Department officials used bottles labeled potassium acetate for the final drug during the lethal injection Jan. 15 — in violation of protocol, the records show. Officials were supposed to use potassium chloride to stop Warner's heart. The same wrong drug was delivered to corrections officials Sept. 30 for the scheduled lethal injection that day of another convicted murderer, Richard Glossip. Oklahoma's governor, Mary Fallin, granted a last-minute stay after learning of the mix-up.

  • Sooner Tea Party leader’s conviction is overturned

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    In a 3-2 decision, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Al Gerhart's blackmail and computer crime convictions on free speech grounds. The appeals court ordered his trial judge to dismiss the case.

  • Oklahoma governor hires outside attorney amid Glossip execution drug inquiry

    By Nolan Clayand Rick M. Green Staff Writers | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Glossip, 52, was scheduled to be executed Sept. 30 by lethal injection for his role in the 1997 murder of an Oklahoma City motel owner. Fallin stayed his execution after learning a wrong drug had been supplied by a pharmacist. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday put off the execution indefinitely.

  • School prayer at sporting events legal, Oklahoma AG says

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association doesn't have to follow the AG's opinion, which says the group is too broad in its interpretation of Supreme Court rulings on prayer.

  • Did federal prosecutors commit misconduct in Edmond missionary's sexual assault trial?

    By Nolan Clay and Kyle Schwab Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Matthew Lane Durham, 21, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was found guilty in Oklahoma City federal court in June of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with six girls and one boy at an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, in 2014.

  • Despite lack of body, Texas man convicted in Oklahoma woman's death

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Ronnie Dean Denny Jr. was convicted in Washita County District Court of murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend. Melissa Sue Flores' body has never been found.

  • Former pharmacist appeals murder conviction to federal court

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Jerome Ersland, 64, is serving a life sentence for killing an unarmed, already wounded robber at an Oklahoma City pharmacy in 2009. He is not eligible for parole until 2049.

  • Oklahoma judge indicted twice by state grand jury

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Pawnee County Judge Patrick M. Pickerill, 49, of Cleveland, Oklahoma, is accused in one indictment of falsifying judicial records and other felony offenses to create a drug court, even though he did not have that authority.

  • Will ECU student's killer soon leave mental facility?

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    On July 17, Pottawatomie County (Oklahoma) District Judge John G. Canavan Jr. found Jerrod Murray not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge ruled after learning both a defense expert and a prosecution expert agreed Murray did not know right from wrong at the time of the shooting.

  • Rapper 2 Chainz sued by Oklahoma City lawyer

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City attorney Kent Bridge is seeking "in excess of $10,000" from the Atlanta-based artist, 2 Chaniz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps.

  • Oklahoma County judge seals slain labor commissioners' will from public

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Associate District Judge Richard Kirby sealed the records Sept. 11 to allow Mark Costello's family to grieve in private without “undue harassment from spectators” and for other reasons.

  • Deadly disturbance at private prison involved white gangs, officials say

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The deadly disturbance at the Cimarron Correctional Facility is being blamed on a power struggle between two white prison gangs — the Irish Mob and the United Aryan Brotherhood.

  • Competency trial is set for man accused of beheading co-worker

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    A jury will be asked to decide whether the murder defendant accused of beheading a co-worker last September is mentally incompetent. Alton Alexander Nolen, 31, of Moore, is accused of going on a rampage at Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25.

  • OSBI investigated bribery allegation involving Shawnee City Commission

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    "We have completed our report. We did that last month and handed it over to the district attorney. It will be up to the district attorney on how to proceed," OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

  • Final defendant in Duncan thrill killing ordered to prison boot camp for Aussie's murder

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer   | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    The victim, Australian Christopher Lane, was in Oklahoma on a college baseball scholarship. He was shot in the back just before 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013.

  • A different kind of crime of passion?

    By NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Demetrious Scott Nero, 19, told the FBI after his arrest on a bank robbery complaint in Oklahoma City he wanted to go back to prison to be with his significant other.

  • Oklahoma's Feed the Children faces takeover attempt by Texan

    By NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Feed the Children's attorneys claim attorney Edward Roush Jr.’s lawsuit is part of “nefarious plan” to take control of Feed the Children “through intimidation, harassment, deception, spurious litigation and even threats.”

  • Del City strip club called public nuisance to reopen

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Fantasy Island, in Del City, Oklahoma, is getting ready to reopen after Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish decided the closure violated a state law that requires city officials to give the club's owner an opportunity to be heard first.

  • Convicted former legislator released with ankle monitor

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Former state Rep. Randy Terrell, who was convicted of offering a bribe, was released from prison Monday. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor for the remainder of his sentence, which ends in mid-January.

  • Suspect in labor commissioner's fatal stabbing said victim was in 'cult,' mental health records show

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Oklahoman reviewed mental health records from Christian Costello's stay at Griffin Memorial Hospital last October and his treatment at the Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center in November and December.

Nolan Clay Thu, Sep. 03 2015 10:57:41 PM CST RT @jasonnelsonok: Grace's hair begins to grow again
Nolan Clay Mon, Aug. 24 2015 12:54:13 AM CST Being murdered is a horrible way to go. Even worse is to be stabbed to death by your own son at an ice cream store. #RIPMarkCostello.
Nolan Clay Thu, Aug. 20 2015 09:58:03 AM CST Brinkley had significant gambling problem, gambled at casinos in Oklahoma and Vegas. U.S. attorney: "He liked the casinos."
Nolan Clay Thu, Aug. 20 2015 09:48:48 AM CST Brinkley used stolen funds to pay mortgage, credit cards, pool cleaning
Nolan Clay Thu, Aug. 20 2015 09:46:09 AM CST U.S. Attorney Danny Williams says committed to see justice served. Each wire fraud count has punishment of up to 20 years.
Nolan Clay Thu, Aug. 20 2015 09:35:04 AM CST News conference on criminal charge against Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, about to begin at Tulsa U.S. attorney's office.
Nolan Clay Wed, Jul. 29 2015 10:19:05 PM CST RT @edkelley16: Closing OK music stars' divorce case doesn't pass the smell test @newsok @nolan50ok
Nolan Clay Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:27:14 PM CST RT @FOIoklahoma: Secret filing of Shelton-Lambert divorce violates Okla. Open Records Act.
Nolan Clay Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:26:10 PM CST RT @OKearthquakes: We are working on the two recent large earthquakes. Updates to come soon.
Nolan Clay Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:23:26 PM CST RT @RickRmgreen: Conference attracts Oklahoma lawmakers to San Diego
Nolan Clay Wed, Jul. 15 2015 09:07:48 PM CST RT @RWTrammell: In Durant, Obama touts Web access for poor
Nolan Clay Wed, Jul. 15 2015 09:07:32 PM CST POTUS should stop by memorial. It is moving at night and it is blocks away.
Nolan Clay Sun, Jul. 12 2015 10:38:53 AM CST RT @NewsOK: In a letter from prison, triple-murder defendant Alan J. Hruby said he welcomes death penalty http://t.c
Nolan Clay Sun, Jul. 12 2015 10:36:38 AM CST RT @julianakeeping: Get @TheOklahoman today. Intriguing follow on Alan Hruby, alleged slayer of teen sister, parents, @nolan50ok @NewsOK ht
Nolan Clay Fri, Jun. 19 2015 02:01:35 PM CST Guilty verdict in federal trial of former Edmond missionary in molestation trial.
Nolan Clay Thu, Jun. 18 2015 09:15:28 PM CST RT @alispagnola: Up until now my life has been about winning trophies but I think I should give some serious consideration to being one.
Nolan Clay Thu, Jun. 18 2015 10:39:20 AM CST Raining so hard boulders are sliding on to the interstate. Wow. LIVE: Oklahoma flooding, rain updates
Nolan Clay Wed, Jun. 17 2015 07:36:42 AM CST RT @carriejacobs: Mia, picking up her collapsed block tower: "Gravity, gravity, gravity - I'm so mad at you."
Nolan Clay Wed, Jun. 17 2015 07:27:34 AM CST RT @donaldmiller: My wife and I had a conversation tonight about Lebron vs Jordan. This infographic helped. Also, congrats Golden State htt
Nolan Clay Tue, Jun. 16 2015 02:35:06 PM CST DUNCAN -- Prosecutors Tuesday notify triple-murder defendant Alan Hruby they will seek death penalty at jury trial.