Death leads to charges
Prosecutors have filed murder and arson charges against a transient accused in the shooting death of a woman found dead in a burning car. Ernest Williams, 31, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder, desecrating a human corpse, and third-degree arson. Police and firefighters found Laquisha Danielle Towers, 27, in a car engulfed in flames early March 2 at Willow Cliff Apartments, in the 5400 block of Willow Cliff Road. She had been shot multiple times, prosecutors said. Williams, who was arrested last week during a routine traffic stop, is being held without bail in the county jail. Court documents detailing the investigation that led to Williams' arrest are sealed, but prosecutors said other arrests are expected. Towers appears to have been killed in retaliation for a homicide earlier that evening, prosecutors said. Raheem Murphy, 22, was stabbed at The Office, a club at 5929 N May Ave. He later died.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Two will face murder trial
PAWHUSKA — A man and woman in northeast Oklahoma will stand trial on murder charges in the death of a Bartlesville man. Special Judge Stuart Tate said this week Rusty Boyd Petty and Trysta Alberta Eileen Shaffer will stand trial on charges of first-degree murder. They are charged in last year's death of Timothy Hauser, who disappeared after leaving an Osage County casino. Hauser's body was found five months later about five miles from the casino. Prosecutors allege Petty and Shaffer killed Hauser after robbing him. Defense attorneys argued the charges should be dismissed because of a lack of evidence.
Suspect gets knotted up
TULSA — Police in Tulsa say a homeowner captured a would-be burglar and left him hog-tied in the front yard for officers. Police say the homeowner heard someone trying to break into his home about 6 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowner captured the man, tied him up with rope and left him outside. The homeowner had to go to work, so he left his wife to watch the suspect until officers arrived. The 31-year-old suspect was jailed on a first-degree burglary complaint.