Crime in brief
Suspect charged in 1996 slaying
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Chicago man with first-degree murder in the 1996 death of an Oklahoma City aerospace engineer, court records show. Dwayne Edmondson, 50, is accused of killing Scott Douglas Penny, 36, who worked at Tinker Air Force Base and lived alone. Co-workers found Penny on Jan. 30, 1996, when they went to his home in the 2600 block of NW 21 after he failed to show up for work. DNA from a cigarette butt found in Penny's garage, along with a photo of a black man with a tattoo on his bicep led Oklahoma City police detectives to Edmondson, who lived in Oklahoma City when Penny was killed. Edmondson was returned to Oklahoma City last week and is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Edmondson killed Penny by beating and stabbing him with a sharp object, records show.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Life term recommended in rape
NORMAN — A Cleveland County jury has recommended a 63-year-old Moore man serve life without parole in the 2010 rape of an 8-year-old girl. A jury Tuesday convicted Lonnie Brown of first-degree rape and four additional felony counts of rape by instrumentation, forcible sodomy, lewd molestation and a pattern of lewd behavior. Brown was accused of raping, sodomizing and molesting the girl at his home in September 2010. Jurors deliberated about four and a half hours before returning the guilty verdicts to District Judge Lori Walkley. Walkley set sentencing for 3 p.m. July 11.
JANE GLENN CANNON, STAFF WRITER
Suspect held in burglary, fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY — A second suspect in a car burglary and credit card fraud incident is in custody. Oklahoma City police arrested Dustin Bartgis, 31, Wednesday in the area of SE 29 and Post Road. Oklahoma County sheriff's officers were searching for Bartgis after a man and a woman used a credit card that was stolen from a Harrah residence. The first suspect, Jena Holstien, 38, was arrested by deputies Friday on complaints of burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card. Bartgis is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, credit card fraud and conspiracy to commit a felony. Bail has not been set.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
State man charged in sex crimes
BELLEVUE, Neb. — An Oklahoma man has been indicted in a Nebraska federal court, accused of taking a teenage girl from her suburban Omaha home to his Oklahoma home for sex. Dennis Lewis, 42, of Tulsa, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and transporting a minor for sex. He could serve life in prison if convicted. An investigator said in a court affidavit that Lewis asked the 14-year-old Bellevue girl for sex via text messages, persuaded her to send him nude pictures of herself and sent her pictures of his genitals. Prosecutors say Lewis picked up the girl from her Bellevue home April 10. Police found Lewis and the girl at his home.