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Oklahoma County District judge postpones murder trial to allow defense to provide new witness

Rickey Dean Gold, 27, of Spencer, is accused of fatally shooting Russell Hable during a robbery in an Oklahoma City motel in March 2012. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong postponed the trial until August to allow the defense to locate a witness who claims to have an alibi for Gold
by Tim Willert Published: April 22, 2013

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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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