Man charged in wife's slaying
A Delaware County man charged Friday with fatally shooting his wife repeatedly told a neighbor he wanted to kill his wife and drag her body onto the front yard, according to an arrest warrant. Doyle E. Handle, 52, of Grove, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dena Davenport, 49. According to the warrant, Grove police received a telephone call about 7 p.m. Thursday from Handle, who told police he shot Davenport and then turned the 9-mm semi-automatic handgun on himself. They found Handle sitting on the front porch with blood all over his chest and Davenport slumped over a living room chair with a gunshot wound to her head, the warrant states. Handle remains in serious condition at a Joplin, Mo., hospital with a gunshot wound to his jaw, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police Chief Mark Morris is coordinating with Missouri authorities to take Handle into custody at the hospital. Handle was charged in 1983 with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The charge was dismissed a year later because the witness could not testify, court records show.
Guilty plea brings boot camp
A Cordell man accused of threatening to “shoot up” Cordell High School pleaded guilty and was sent to a state boot camp for young men. Christopher Thomason, 21, entered the plea May 17 in Washita County District Court to terrorism hoax and computer fraud/unlawful use of a computer system. He was sent to Oklahoma's Regimented Inmate Discipline Program for six months, according to the prosecutor. Thomason made threats on an Internet chat board, according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents. Formal sentencing is set for Nov. 21, court records show.
Ex-lawman awaits sentencing
A former Ottawa County sheriff's detective accused of selling $160 worth of methamphetamine near a school is waiting to be sentenced. Troy Leroy Wilmoth, 46, of Miami, OK, pleaded no contest May 17 to two counts of delivery of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school. He also pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Associate Judge Robert Reavis found Wilmoth guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. He will be sentenced Aug. 7, records show. The former detective is accused of selling a half-gram of methamphetamine for $40 to an undercover narcotics agent, according to an arrest affidavit. Five hours later, the undercover agent bought a gram of methamphetamine for $120 from Wilmoth, the affidavit states. During a search of Wilmoth's house, agents found a working methamphetamine lab, an unloaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the affidavit states.
Ex-vet sentenced in bomb threat
An Ottawa County Army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced May 15 to five years of federal probation for threatening to bomb Miami High School, according to court records. Bobby Ray Harris, 26, was ordered to serve the first eight months of probation while under house arrest and to perform 80 hours of community service, according to court records. Harris pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Tulsa to the federal charge. He confessed to calling the Welch State Bank on Sept. 11 and demanding $3,000, saying he would blow up Miami High School if he didn't get the money. He told authorities he owed $616 per month in child support payments and had no job, according to an arrest affidavit. Harris, who suffered head injuries in combat, was diagnosed while serving in Iraq, court records show. He is now is receiving treatment, records show. About 500 students were evacuated safely to a nearby church while bomb crews searched the school.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN