Norman man threatens Oklahoma Gov. Fallin's 'child' and local sheriff in emails

A Norman man threatened via email to kill Gov. Mary Fallin's “child” and McClain County Sheriff Don Hewitt, apparently because he is upset about the death of his own child, court records show.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: June 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: June 18, 2013
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Few details given

Details of the threats against the McClain County sheriff's deputy and Fallin's unnamed child are scarce in the affidavit.

“Helling wanted to kill Gov. Mary Fallin's child so that she would be in the same position that he is now,” Dean wrote.

“Helling believed by doing this he would then get the attention he believed his case deserved.”

Fallin aware of threats

Capt. George Brown, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said Fallin's office is aware of Helling's threats.

The governor has two children from a prior marriage. Her husband, Oklahoma City attorney Wade Christensen, had four children of his own before marrying Fallin in 2009.

Brown would not say how many times Fallin or her family members' lives have been threatened since she took office in 2011.

“For security reasons, we may not comment on how frequently these type incidents occur,” Brown said in a written statement.

“I can, however, tell you any occurrence which may constitute a threat or possible threat to the governor, lieutenant governor or their family members, will be considered serious and may be investigated by the proper authorities to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.”

Attempts to reach Hewitt for comment on this story were not successful.


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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