EL RENO — The woman accused of killing her husband, the Nichols Hills fire chief, called her ex-lover beforehand and said she “was going to be inheriting a significant amount of money,” an OSBI agent reported.
Rebecca L. Bryan, 52, also told the man “she still loved him … and that she was thinking of buying a house near where” he lives, the agent reported.
She is charged with first-degree murder. Her husband, Keith Bryan, 52, was shot in the head at their Mustang home the night of Sept. 20. He died the next day.
The possible motive for the shooting was revealed for the first time in court affidavits filed Monday. In the affidavits, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent, Shawn Wright, asked a judge for permission to search the defendant's home and work.
In a 911 phone call, Rebecca Bryan blamed an intruder for the shooting. She was arrested after the handgun used in the shooting was found inside her home in a clothes dryer.
She called 911 to report her husband being shot at 10:07 p.m. Sept. 20, the records show. She called her former lover that night about three hours earlier, at 7:19 p.m.
The OSBI agent reported Rebecca Bryan had an extramarital affair with the man from July 2009 to January 2010.
The man terminated the affair, but she continued to periodically contact him “and seek his company,” the agent reported. The man hung up on her when she first called him Sept. 20 on his cellphone.
She then sent a text message and called him again, leaving a voice message when he didn't answer.
The statements about inheritance, still loving him and buying a house were on the message, according to the agent's affidavit.
The court documents identify the man only as John. That is not his real name, The Oklahoman has learned. He reportedly resides more than 200 miles from Mustang.
The agent did not disclose whether Keith Bryan found out about the affair. He and his wife were married more than 30 years. She filed for a divorce in January 2010 but then took no further action in the case.
Among the items seized Oct. 7 from her work, a Mustang real estate office, was a file folder containing printed emails and hotel reservation information. Also taken into evidence at the office was a Mustang Flowers and Gifts card made out on Valentine's Day 2011 “to Becky Bryan from Keith.”
Her attorney, Gary James, said Monday night that he wanted to review the affidavits and talk to her before commenting.