Rebecca Bryan trial: Sex, lies, meetings listed

Witnesses in the Rebecca Bryan trial describe affairs, calls, interludes before her husband was slain in their Mustang, Oklahoma, home.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 11, 2013 at 5:57 am •  Published: May 12, 2013

Broken vows

The Bryans got back together after the relationship between Becky Bryan and Holbrook ended. Friends testified that Keith Bryan put in extra effort to make her happy.

Jana Hickman, wife of Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman, said she has known the couple for more than 20 years. Shortly after they reconciled, the two couples went together to a firefighters' ball in Oklahoma City.

“Keith was very much a gentleman,” Hickman said. “He would pull a chair out for her. It was above and beyond what I had seen him do trying to keep her very happy.”

Keith Bryan reportedly told friends the marriage was going well, but Hickman said something still seemed strange.

“They were awkward,” she said. “They weren't as fun-loving when we would see them.”

Holbrook said Bryan showed up in his driveway in March 2010. A man got out of the car and approached him, but when Holbrook saw Becky Bryan in the car, he told the man not to come any closer and to get off the property. They did.

She showed up in Hugo again in February 2011. Holbrook was doing some work on his office when Bryan got out of the passenger side of a car and approached him.

Sex, inappropriate behavior

Becky Bryan's behavior got even stranger in the days before her husband's shooting, friends testified.

Debbie Proctor, who was with Bryan in the hours after her husband's shooting, said Bryan told her she had cheated on Keith Bryan four days before the shooting. She had gone to Fort Worth, Texas, for a friend's wedding, met a man at a bar and had sex with him.

The day before the shooting, Becky Bryan went to Tulsa for a work conference. While there, she met Bill Whitestarber, a Tulsa real estate agent.

Whitestarber testified he talked to Becky Bryan for no more than a few minutes that day. The next morning, he got several text messages from her inviting him to her hotel room.

Pictures attached to the messages, which were admitted into evidence, showed Becky Bryan naked. Whitestarber said he was “freaked out,” and texted Bryan back saying the photos were inappropriate and that he was at the conference with his fiance.

Prosecutors said Bryan sent similar messages to another man, captioning one picture of her genitalia, “Ride this, cowboy.”

On the way back from Tulsa on Sept. 20, she stopped by the McLoud home of Wes Huber. The two had sex before Becky Bryan drove back to Mustang, prosecutors said.

About 7 p.m., after Becky Bryan had returned home, she left a voice mail Holbrook would listen to the next day mentioning her love for him, a potential inheritance and her intention to buy a house in Hugo.

Just after 10 p.m., Becky Bryan called 911 to report Keith Bryan had been shot. Close friends came to the home to support her while police investigated.

Hickman said Bryan was on the phone nonstop in the hours after the shooting as friends and family sat on the back porch. She testified Bryan laughed while on the phone and retold gory details about the shooting numerous times.

Proctor testified that Becky showed a carload of people headed to the hospital to see Keith Bryan a photo of Huber's penis and asked if Proctor could believe she'd had sex with the man that day.

She later told those in the car that the only thing she felt guilty about was sleeping with another man on the day her husband was shot, Proctor said.

Kathy Thomas, a psychologist called to the stand Friday by Bryan's attorney, acknowledged Bryan's behavior was “bizarre” given the circumstances.

“It seemed to be she wasn't that concerned about her husband,” Thomas said.

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AT A GLANCE

The case

Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Rebecca Bryan, who is accused of killing her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. The trial will continue Monday.

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