Police employee faces charges
An administrative assistant for the Oklahoma City police traffic unit was charged Thursday with 23 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, court records show. Damita Cheran Jackson, 38, is accused of using confidential information gleaned from the database for reasons unrelated to law enforcement between January 2011 and February 2013, according to the probable cause affidavit. Jackson reportedly used the information to confront people at their homes and workplaces, but records do not specify what information was used or for what purposes. One of the victims declined to press stalking charges, according to the affidavit.
Matt Dinger, Staff Writer
Inmate convicted in prison death
A Comanche County jury has convicted an inmate of first-degree murder in the killing of a fellow inmate at the Lawton Correctional Facility. Jurors deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday before convicting Jose Garcia, 35, in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Sonny Limpy, 25. Garcia also was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors said Garcia was one of six inmates who attacked Limpy in a gang-related dispute. But Garcia's defense attorney, Silas Lymans, told jurors his client was acting as a “soldier” for the gang and that he didn't have a choice but to participate in the attack. Jurors recommended the maximum sentence for Garcia, life in prison without parole.
Jury convicts man in boy's death
A jury in southern Oklahoma has convicted a 25-year-old man of second-degree murder in the death of his 14-month-old son. The Bryan County jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before convicting Marin Clay Allison in the May 2012 death of his son, Ethan Allison. Allison had been charged with first-degree murder by child abuse, but jurors opted for the lesser charge of second-degree murder. The jury recommended a 19-year prison term, with a formal sentencing set for next month. Durant police said Ethan died at a hospital from a traumatic brain injury. An affidavit states Allison told authorities he grabbed the boy and that the child slipped and hit his head on a tile floor.