A judge ruled Wednesday that a mechanic will face trial in the death of a family friend whose body was found in the back of a pickup.
Henry Allen Long, 46, is accused of killing Robert Williams, 48, who was reported missing and found dead Feb. 6 in a pickup near NE 15 and Bryant. Williams had been beaten with some type of bar and shot numerous times, police reported.
Prosecutors said Long and Williams had known each other since childhood, and the victim was friends with Long's older brother.
A homicide detective testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for Long that investigators found four small-caliber shell casings, blood spatter and a crow bar wrapped in a moving blanket from a shop at 2020 NE 4 where Long worked on cars.
Oklahoma City police officer Mike Homan said the victim was wearing gray boxer shorts and a sock on his right foot. Williams' stomach, hands and face were covered in a combination of grease, oil and dirt, the detective said.
Prosecutors think Long killed Williams at the shop and later moved his body.
Long's attorney declined to comment Wednesday.
Cellphone records indicate Long was the last person the victim spoke to by phone, contradicting a story the defendant gave investigators the day after the body was found, the detective testified.
Long's girlfriend also took the stand, but was reluctant to testify. When asked if she had ever seen the defendant with a small caliber handgun, LaToya Adamson paused and then said, “I don't know what kind of gun it was.”
The woman previously told investigators Long had a small caliber handgun, either a .22 or .25, prosecutors said.
Long was arrested at Adamson's home the day after Williams' body was found.
After hearing testimony, Oklahoma County Special Judge Stephen P. Alcorn found sufficient evidence to send Long to trial.