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Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation refuses to release information about Seminole stabbing death

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials on Tuesday refused to release any information about a 15-year-old charged in the stabbing death of a teen Nov. 9 outside a Seminole High School football game. A judge has sealed an arrest affidavit in the case.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012
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“Those basic things that are listed in the Open Records Act, they have to make it available,” Senat said. “If they are exempted even from giving those basic records, then they are essentially a secret police.”

A spokesman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Department said the jail does not have a photo of Weaver.

At the OSBI's request, District Judge Gayla Arnold sealed the arrest affidavit, which normally would be included with the formal charges against Weaver. Such affidavits give a basic summary of the information that led to the suspect's arrest.

Arnold said she sealed the affidavit because it includes the names of several witnesses, some of whom have been threatened over their cooperation with authorities.

“I don't intend to keep it sealed beyond the completion of the investigation, but with credible threats on the table with regard to witnesses, I found that in this case, the privacy interest of the individuals outweighs the public's right to know until the investigation is complete,” Arnold said.

Arnold said she does not know how long it will take the OSBI to complete the investigation.

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