Hearing set in infant's death
A July 10 preliminary hearing has been set for a teenage mother accused of killing her infant son. Jennifer Marie Respicio, 14, of Del City, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jaidyn Respicio, 7 months. The girl told police she lost her temper and threw the baby into his crib, court records show. Jaidyn died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest, according a state medical examiner's spokeswoman. His death was ruled a homicide. The baby was taken to OU Medical Center about 6:50 p.m. April 21 and died about an hour later. Respicio is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Man sought in bank robbery
Police and FBI agents are searching for a man who robbed a southwest Oklahoma City bank about 1:35 p.m. Thursday. The man robbed a Bank of Oklahoma teller inside Buy 4 Less, 2701 SW 29, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the robbery, the FBI reported. The robber is described as a black man, in his late 30s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a slim build. He was wearing glasses, a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and a maroon baseball cap, according to the FBI. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 290-7770.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Man is jailed after injury crash
A man was arrested on complaints of drunken driving and child endangerment after a crash that hospitalized him and his son Wednesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. About 3:15 p.m., John Withers, 35, of Guthrie, was driving a pickup west on State Highway 105 in Logan County when he hit a tractor-trailer head-on, the patrol reported. Withers and his 5-year-old son, Wyatt Withers, were taken to OU Medical Center, according to the report. The boy, who was properly restrained in a child safety seat, was in good condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She did not release information about Withers, but the patrol reported he was in critical condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Curtis Strickland, 52, of Covington, was treated for arm and hand injuries and was released.
ROBERT MEDLEY, STAFF WRITER
Boat crash inquiry may take time
The investigation into a fatal boat crash on Grand Lake could take up to two weeks, a Grand River Dam Authority spokesman said Thursday. “The investigation report will be turned over to the district attorney's office,” Justin Alberty said. “There are indications that alcohol and speed were among the contributing factors in the crash.” The passenger boat that had carried eight college students was pulled out of the lake Wednesday and taken to a dry storage facility, Alberty said. Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Ark., died when the boat hit an unoccupied, 100-foot-long houseboat about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The crash occurred near Arrowhead Yacht Club on the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake, GRDA police said.
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