Oklahoma crime briefs for May 14, 2013

Oklahoma crime briefs for May 14.
Modified: May 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm •  Published: May 13, 2013
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TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER

HOLDENVILLE

Homeowner accused in man's death

A Holdenville man has been arrested on a homicide complaint after police found a dead man at his house, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports. Gayland Moore, 38, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound about 5:55 a.m. Monday at 218 S Walnut, according to the OSBI. The homeowner, Franklin Combs, 53, was questioned and then booked into the Hughes County jail. A 911 call was made from the residence and police found Moore dead, the OSBI reports. An autopsy will determine cause and manner of death, authorities said. Holdenville police requested OSBI assistance in the case.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

STILLWATER

Woman charged in theft from church

The former financial manager for First United Methodist Church in Stillwater has been charged with embezzling from the church. Court records show Dana Sue Eckhart, 43, is charged with embezzling more than $141,000 from the church since 2009. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on $50,000 bond. An affidavit says church officials went to police in January with an audit showing Eckhart had written unauthorized checks to herself, her husband and others from 2009 through 2012. Church officials also question more than 200 purchases Eckhart made using a church-issued credit card. She's due in court for preliminary hearing June 3.

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