A man accused of trying to prevent his wife from testifying against him was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with threatening a state witness.
Shawn Michael Guffin, 45, of Oklahoma City, threatened to kill his wife and burn down their house if she was served a subpoena or he went to prison, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charge.
Debra Jean Guffin was a witness in an assault and battery case against her husband that prosecutors dismissed in March when the victim failed to appear for a preliminary hearing, court records show.
Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a subpoena to Debra Guffin in February, but Shawn Guffin would not allow her to open the door of the couple's home in the 1000 block of NW 31, an Oklahoma City police detective reported.
Debra Guffin told the detective Shawn Guffin threatened to turn her into Social Security for fraud and he said he knew people who would have her arrested, according to the affidavit.
The woman's son told police he had heard Shawn Guffin threaten to kill Debra Guffin and burn down the house if she was served a subpoena or he went to prison, according to the affidavit.
The woman said she suffers from fibromyalgia and needs the money she gets from Social Security, the detective reported.
Shawn Guffin has two pending cases for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records. The cases were filed earlier this month, two days apart. In the most recent case, Guffin also is charged with interruption of an emergency phone call.
Two similar cases were dismissed, including the case in March, records show.