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by Tim Willert Published: October 13, 2012
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IN BRIEF

Jury acquits defendant

— A Noble County jury acquitted a Perry man of all murder-related charges in connection with the shooting death of his best friend, court records show. Shane Rupp, 24, had faced charges of first-degree murder and manslaughter in the heat of passion in the May 2011 shooting death of Donnie Talley, 22. Talley died from a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses told police Talley was throwing cups at Rupp. Rupp went to his bedroom and retrieved a 9 mm gun. The weapon discharged after the two men began to wrestle. Police found Rupp partially passed out.

SHEILA STOGSDILL,

FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Teen's murder

trial delayed

A teenager accused of setting a fire that killed an elderly couple will have to wait until February to face charges after his trial was continued Friday at the request of his attorney. Tristan Owen, 16, of Oklahoma City, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the July 13, 2011, death of Boyd Haynes, 87, and his wife, Doris Haynes, 86. Owen's trial was set for Monday. A status conference in the case is Nov. 30, and a new trial date is set for Feb. 11, court records show. A judge ruled earlier that Owen can be sentenced as an adult if convicted of the murder charges.

TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER

Woman accused

in spouse's death

A woman accused of running over her estranged husband with a pickup was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder, records show. Lisa Robbins, 49, of Oklahoma City, told police she was upset with Harry Robbins, who jumped on the hood of her silver pickup as she tried to leave his house Oct. 4 in the 2000 block of NW 32 Terrace. She said he fell off the vehicle when she accelerated and then stopped, adding that she left “without checking his welfare,” according to a probable cause affidavit. Robbins was found lying in the street with severe head trauma and died at a hospital, police said.

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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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