• 255 immigrant children currently at Oklahoma base

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    LAWTON — Federal officials say 255 children who were detained while trying to enter the U.S. illegally are currently being housed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October. Fort Sill is one of three facilities where the children are being held. The others are in Texas and California. Kenneth J. Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, did not immediately respond to a follow-up email on Monday about when the children arrived at the Army base.

  • Man pleads guilty to shooting Lawton officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    LAWTON — A man accused of shooting a Lawton police officer last year has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges. Demetrius Miller avoided a jury trial Thursday by pleading guilty to multiple charges, including shooting with intent to kill. Prosecutors accused Miller of shooting and wounding Lawton Police Sgt. Eric Weatherly as police were investigating a suspected burglary. According to a local newspaper, the 24-year-old Miller must serve more than 38 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. Another man, Jamal Johnson, was convicted earlier in the week of conspiracy to commit burglary in the case. Miller told the judge in court that pleading guilty was in his

  • Jury deadlocks in Lawton police shooting trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    LAWTON— A Comanche County judge has declared a mistrial for a man charged in a shootout that wounded a Lawton Police Department sergeant. Prosecutors and defense attorneys both said Jamal Johnson wasn’t the gunman in the shooting that wounded Sgt. Eric Weatherly last year. But prosecutors argued that Johnson was engaging in a criminal conspiracy — in this case, burglary — that led to the shootout. According to a local newspaper, the jury deliberated about six hours Wednesday before telling Comanche County District Judge Gerald Neuwirth they’d deadlocked on two counts of shooting with intent to kill. But the jury did convict Johnson of conspiracy to commit burglary and recommended a life sentence.

  • Lawton man to stand trial in wife’s death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    LAWTON — A judge in Comanche County has ruled there’s sufficient evidence for a Lawton man to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife. David Baird is also charged with desecration of a corpse, unlawful removal of a body and forgery of a certificate of title in the death of 36-year-old Claudine Marroquin. Police discovered Marroquin’s body buried in Baird’s backyard and covered with a swimming pool liner and tires. At a hearing Wednesday, Comanche County Special District Court Judge Ken Harris ruled Baird could stand trial on the charges and set a June 10 arraignment. Baird’s attorney, Ronald Williams, argued there wasn’t enough direct evidence linking his client to

  • Deadly Marlow house fire was accident, Oklahoma fire officials determine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A house fire Saturday morning in Marlow that left two people dead has been determined to be accidental by Oklahoma state fire officials.

  • Death penalty sought in Lawton teen’s case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    LAWTON — Prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty against a Lawton teenager accused of killing his father and 14-year-old brother. Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Mark Stoneman said Thursday that his office will file a bill of particulars seeking the death penalty against 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing. Prosecutors accuse Rushing of killing his father, Uwe Rushing, and his brother, Stefan. Prosecutors allege that Thorsten Rushing recruited four teenage classmates to help in the crime. A local newspaper reports Thorsten Rushing pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Thursday. Rushing’s attorney, Stephen Jones, said he may seek to delay Rushing’s trial, now set for the fall.

  • Teen charged in Lawton deaths bound over for trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    LAWTON — An 18-year-old man has been bound over for trial in connection with the killings of a Lawton man and his son. Timothy Delahoy waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was bound over for trial on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of accessory to murder. Delahoy is one of five teenagers charged in the Jan. 20 deaths of Uwe Rushing and his son, 14-year-old Stefan Rushing. Prosecutors allege that 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing killed his father and brother and was helped by four other teens. At a hearing last month, Rushing’s four co-defendants said they’ve reached plea agreements in exchange for their testimony, but that has not yet been formalized in court.