• Records show mistakes, questionable evidence in woman's overturned murder case

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Prosecutor Tim Harris stood before jurors deciding Michelle Murphy’s fate and told them police found someone’s blood near her slain baby’s body — blood he implied could be hers. “Ladies and gentleman, beyond a reasonable doubt this woman killed her child,” he told them. What Harris didn’t tell jurors is that as the trial started Nov. 14, 1995, he possessed a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that said Murphy’s blood type was different than the type found at the scene. That test determined DNA found at the scene was not hers, contradicting Harris’ implication to jurors about what the Tulsa police lab tests showed. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Released after 20 years in prison, Michelle Murphy trying to rebuild her life

    By CARY ASPINWALL and ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Twenty years to the day that Michelle Murphy found her son’s lifeless body on the kitchen floor, she heard Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough say the words she had been waiting for: “This court finds you, Miss Murphy, innocent.” She cried in the courthouse hallway as her attorney, Sharisse O’Carroll, explained the date’s significance to reporters. Though she’d been out of jail on bond for three months, it wasn’t until after Kellough’s declaration that Murphy was ready to do something she had never done: visit her son’s grave. Murphy didn’t want to go to Travis’ grave until her name was cleared, O’Carroll said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • God's E.R. helps cast out demonic manifestations

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    N o heads were spinning 360 degrees, and no one was shrieking or foaming at the mouth Monday night during God’s E.R. ministry sessions, which are held several times a week in Tulsa to cast demons out of people and then to help them stay free. “We see a variety of (demonic) manifestations, but not for long,” said John Heim, a volunteer minister who is also a Tulsa air traffic controller. “We don’t allow manifestations. They might raise their heads, but we take authority over them.” Sessions are peaceful and nonthreatening, he said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Inhofe drops opposition to Ebola funding

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Friday he has dropped his opposition to the use of military resources to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa. "After careful consideration," Inhofe said in a press release, "I believe that the outbreak has reached a point that the only organization in the world able to provide the capabilities and speed necessary to respond to this crisis is the U.S. military." Inhofe went on to say, however, that he is unlikely to agree with future requests "because of the failure of the Obama administration to responsibly and strategically plan in advance for how the U.S. will be involved in West Africa." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa minister pleads guilty in nearly $1 million embezzlement case

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Rev. Willard Jones, former executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Center at pastor at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church, pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million in funds on Thursday. Jones, 63, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return, according to U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr., for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Jones, who was charged Aug. 13, admitted in his plea to misappropriating approximately $933,000 from the Greater Cornerstone Community Development Project, a nonprofit created to raise money for the creation and operation of the Great Cornerstone Community Center, between September 2007 and June 2013. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police: Woman killed at Tulsa apartment complex

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police are searching for a man who they say fatally shot a woman outside of an apartment complex. Police responded Wednesday to reports of gunfire at the Colonial Park Apartments. They say the woman was found dead in a grassy area near a vending machine. Witnesses tell police the man grabbed a gun out of a truck and shot the woman several times after they argued. The woman’s identity hasn’t been released. The man left in a red Toyota Tacoma. Police say he is between 20 and 30 years old.

  • Police: Armed man fatally shot by Tulsa officers

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police say officers have fatally shot an armed man at a home while his children were nearby. Officer Demita Kenard tells a local television station the man pulled out a weapon near officers who were investigating a domestic violence case. She says officers weren’t there to serve a warrant or arrest him. Police say the man was outside the home and two children were inside. Kenard says about four shots were fired after the man drew his weapon and at least one hit him. It’s unclear if the man shot at police. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. His identity hasn’t been released. No other injuries were reported. Police haven’t said how many officers were

  • Guilty plea out in rape case

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    A man who was sentenced to 40 years in prison on counts of raping two mentally challenged people at a Tulsa hotel is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea, a Tulsa County judge has decided. Brandon Alexander Brady, 22, will be allowed to withdraw those pleas based on evidence that they were influenced by Brady’s belief that if he pleaded guilty without a deal with prosecutors, then District Judge Kurt Glassco would ‘’cap’’ the sentence at 25 years in prison, according to the findings of District Judge James Caputo, who is now handling the case and who reviewed the circumstances regarding the plea matter. In findings of fact issued Monday, Caputo wrote that the 40-year prison term imposed by Glassco is vacated and

  • Tulsa Co. Sheriff's Office announces synthetic drugs sweep

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Local authorities announced Tuesday morning a "widespread and sweeping" effort to clear Tulsa of synthetic drugs. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin said about 150 law enforcement officers are serving search warrants this morning at 13 convenience stores and one residence. The theory, Albin said, is that at least some of the stores are connected to each other. The drugs, commonly called "spice" or "synthetic marijuana" are actually a mix of dangerous, unpredictable, chemicals sprayed on something that is then smoked to produce a high. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man killed pizza shop worker after she rejected relationship, police and friends say

    By SAMANTHA VICENT AND KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    A man who police said killed an east Tulsa pizza parlor employee was upset that she rejected his attempts to pursue a romantic relationship, police and friends of the woman said Monday. Joshua Silkey, 24, was found about 11 a.m. Monday in a wooded area behind Grace Church, 9610 S. Garnett Road, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Tulsa Police Department spokeswoman Jill Roberson said. Hours earlier, police identified Griselda Gallardo, 20, as the woman who was shot to death inside Papa John’s Pizza, 10829 E. 31st St., about 2 p.m. Sunday. Officer Leland Ashley said Gallardo, a Papa John’s employee, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Other same-sex couples taking the plunge in Tulsa County

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    When Josh McCormick and Bill Owens went to work Monday, they didn't expect to rush down to the Tulsa County Courthouse at lunchtime to get a marriage license. The couple has been together for seven years and have been talking about making it legal for the past four years. They were just waiting for the chance. "It's great to see this happen in our own state," said McCormick, 42. "I knew this would happen eventually. I just thought it'd be 10 or 20 years. I figured Oklahoma would be the last state to approve it." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa police identify woman fatally shot inside pizza restaurant

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Tulsa police have identified the woman who was shot and killed at an east Tulsa pizza restaurant Sunday.

  • Attorneys seek contempt ruling against Tulsa DA in murder case

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Attorneys for a woman who was exonerated in a 20-year-old murder case have asked a judge to find Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris in contempt of court on an allegation that he withheld evidence that could have proved her innocence years ago. The motion by attorneys Richard O’Carroll and Sharisse O’Carroll asks Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough to hold Harris in contempt of court for his conduct in the prosecution of Michelle Murphy. Murphy was freed from prison this summer based on newly discovered evidence after serving nearly 20 years for the murder of her infant son. Earlier this month, Kellough declared her innocent, and all charges were dropped. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fairland School, parents reach deal in teen's death

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Duane and Donna Kerns filed a civil suit in Ottawa County District Court in April 2013 against the Fairland school board after their son, Colton Kerns, died in a drunken-driving accident in 2011.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear Tulsa head scarf case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Supreme Court Justices will determine whether clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Tulsa teen who was rejected for a job after wearing her hijab to the interview.

  • Semitrailer spills 6,000 gallons of oil near Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    TULSA — A truck driver has been critically burned after his semitrailer overturned and spilled 6,000 gallons of hot oil. Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says emergency crews worked for hours on Wednesday to contain and clear the asphalt oil. The liquid is stored at 800 degrees. It spilled onto the Creek Turnpike near Tulsa and ran down the grassy median. May says responders cleared away as much of the oil as they could and will dig up contaminated dirt as needed. A state trooper says 70-year-old Larry Crossland of Poteau passed out while driving the truck and that cable barriers prevented the semitrailer from traveling into oncoming traffic. Crossland was flown to an area hospital in critical condition.

  • Motorcyclist dies after Tulsa County accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Joe Brooks Jr., 39, of Catoosa, died Tuesday on the Creek Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Lemonade stand sparks big dreams for Tulsa boy with special needs

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Oklahoman Keith Boyd, 10, is the CEO of “Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stands,” which raised $150,000 this summer for charity. Keith has cerebral palsy and relies on a power wheelchair to get around and a special computer to communicate. His next business plan is to start a line of packaged drinks called “Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages.”

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off food drive

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin kicked off a food drive on behalf of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Experts, advocates in Oklahoma grapple with youth delinquency cases

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: It’s not clear exactly how many juvenile delinquency cases would be affected if Oklahoma had a law allowing for juvenile competency determinations.