• Authorities release autopsy report in Lawton death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    LAWTON — An autopsy report has been released for a woman who was found dead along a Lawton road more than a year ago. Shallaina Jackson was found dead in March 2013, and no one has been arrested in her death yet. According to a local television station, a newly released medical report found that Jackson had been stabbed four times in the head and neck and was possibly strangled. She also suffered multiple abrasions to her face and hands. Jackson was a 26-year-old mother of six. Anyone with information on Jackson’s death is asked to contact the Lawton Police Department.

  • Lawton man faces trial in death of grandfather

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    LAWTON — A Lawton man will face a trial in the choking death of his grandfather during a domestic dispute last summer. Comanche County Special District Judge Ken Harris ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence for 28 year-old Aaron Paddyaker to stand trial on one count of manslaughter. Paddyaker’s defense attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense when he choked Bart Hewes because Hewes had aimed a shotgun at his head, according to a local newspaper. Hewes’ widow testified Thursday that her husband had aimed a gun at Paddyaker at least two times before the incident and had threatened to kill him.

  • 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.