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Oklahoma crime briefs, March 20

Oklahoma crime briefs, March 20
Modified: March 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013


Jail homicide victim was accused of misdemeanors

An inmate who died Monday at the Oklahoma County jail was being held on multiple misdemeanor complaints, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Artie Hales, 55, a transient, was found injured about 5:40 p.m. on the jail's 10th floor. When emergency personnel arrived, Hales was pronounced dead, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said. Hales was jailed March 11 on multiple misdemeanor complaints, including littering, disorderly conduct and failure to appear. His body had trauma consistent with homicide, Brown said. The state medical examiner will determine the inmate's cause of death. No arrests had been made Tuesday, Brown said.


Mom faces abuse charge in belt beating of son, 12

A woman accused of beating her 12-year-old son with a belt because he was failing a class was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with child abuse. Edmond police were alerted in December after a man who rented a room to Whitney Dennene Reece, 27, found a message from the boy written on a bathroom scale asking him for a ride “to the police department to show the marks and bruises,” a detective wrote in a probable cause affidavit. The boy's injuries included bruises, marks and abrasions to his back, leg and chest “consistent with being hit with a belt,” police reported. Reece admitted “to whooping her son” Dec. 19 after she learned he was failing a class, police said.


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