Russell Hable had money to burn the day he walked into the Double D Saloon, a strip bar near Interstate 40 and Council Road.
As much as $7,000, according to Joyce M. Seco, a dancer who spent six hours drinking and talking with Hable before the intoxicated Yukon man invited her back to his motel room, court records show.
Hable, 41, reportedly paid Seco $600 for her time before bartenders stopped serving him. The two then agreed to meet at the Super 40 Motel next door after Hable shelled out another $100 so Seco could leave work early.
“I danced for him and I had sex with him,” she testified. “I told him I would come back.”
The stripper knew an easy mark when she saw one, and hatched a plan to return and rob Hable with the help of roommates Sherry Campbell and Terri Camp and Camp's boyfriend, Rickey Dean Gold Jr.
Prosecutors allege Seco enlisted Campbell and Camp to rob Hable and think Camp “involved” Gold.
“She said she met this guy at Double D's and he had a lot of money,” Campbell testified. “She told me she was going to rob him.”
But the plan took a deadly turn. Prosecutors allege Gold burst into the motel room the night of March 11, 2012, and fatally shot Hable before stealing an undisclosed amount of money.
Seco and Campbell pleaded guilty in the case and are serving prison time. They were expected to testify against Gold, 27, of Spencer, whose murder trial was to begin Tuesday in the courtroom of Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong.
But Truong on Friday continued the trial until August after defense attorneys told her they had located a witness who claims to have an alibi for Gold.
“We decided there was enough credibility to investigate further,” Assistant Public Defender Mark McCormick said. “We feel we owe it to Rickey and his defense and feel this is something we have to pursue.”
Camp, 30, of Oklahoma City, who prosecutors said drove the getaway car, is also facing a first-degree murder charge.
Seco, 35, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to murder in March 2012 and received a life sentence with all but the first 25 years suspended.
“I facilitated the robbery of Russell Hable, which resulted in his death,” Seco said in court documents filed with her guilty plea. “I did this with Sherry Campbell, Terri Camp and Rickey Gold.”
Seco said she planned the robbery after leaving Hable's motel room the first time and getting into a fight with her boyfriend over money in the drive-thru lane of a fast-food restaurant. She testified at a preliminary hearing that when she pulled out $700 in cash to show the boyfriend “he threw my money out the window of the car.”
She recovered $50 and called Camp for a ride after the boyfriend drove off without her.
“I told her that her brother threw my money out of the window and I needed to pick up some more money,” Seco testified. “I said we were going to rob (Hable) and that's when we went to the hotel.”
Seco told a judge she and Campbell walked into the motel room first, and when Campbell turned and walked out to retrieve her cellphone, Gold pushed her aside and entered the room, shutting the door behind him.
A startled Hable rose to his feet, demanding to know Gold's identity, Seco testified.
Gold told Hable “he was the police,” and then shot him three times, Seco said.
The dancer said she watched as Gold took Hable's money out of his pocket and kicked him a couple times as he lay dying on the floor.
“Joyce was supposed to open the door for Rickey and Rickey was just supposed to rough him up and take his money,” Campbell testified at the preliminary hearing.
Campbell, 23, of Shawnee, pleaded guilty in August to being an accessory to murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation.
“I helped Rickey Gold after he had murdered Russell Hable,” Campbell said in court documents. “Terri Camp was present also.”
Seco and Campbell filed applications for sentence modification, court records show. A judge denied both applications.