State briefs: Thursday, February 21, 2008

Modified: February 21, 2008 at 5:22 am •  Published: February 21, 2008
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NORMAN
Jury selection in trial may last into next week
Jury selection in Kevin Ray Underwood's first-degree murder trial is expected to continue into next week.

The 28-year-old Purcell man is charged with killing his 10-year-old neighbor, Jamie Rose Bolin, in April 2006 as part of what police have described as a cannibalistic plot.

Potential jurors reported to Cleveland County District Court on Tuesday and have been undergoing jury selection behind closed doors.

A bailiff for McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock says the process is expected to continue through Friday before jury selection moves to open court Monday.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Underwood, who lived in the same apartment complex with the girl and her father.

Police discovered the girl's nearly decapitated body in a plastic tub in Underwood's bedroom closet.

The trial was moved from Purcell to nearby Norman because of pretrial publicity.

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY
3 held in September killing
Oklahoma City police made three arrests this week in connection with the September shooting death of an Oklahoma City man, authorities said.

Roque Beltran, 20, Corina Cossio, 27 and Edmundo Cossio, 16, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday at their homes on first-degree murder complaints, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Aaron G. Salgado, 19, was found lying on the street in the 4900 block of S Independence about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 25 with a gunshot wound, Knight said. He died the next day at OU Medical Center.

Micah Gamino and Brian Sargent, Staff Writers

IDABEL
Man pleads in baby death
A McCurtain County man pleaded no contest and was sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter, court officials said Wednesday.

Kirby Josh Byassee, 19, is charged in McCurtain County District Court in Idabel with second degree murder. Byassee's trial was to begin Tuesday. He entered the plea on Feb. 12, according to court records. A toxicology report showed the toddler died from a drug overdose of Oxycodone, court records show. Investigators believe the pills belonged to Byassee, records show. Jessica Wells, 21, is also charged with felony child abuse. She is free on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to go to trial March 17.

JAY
Man's body found in river
The body of a Delaware County man who apparently drowned after being swept away by high waters was recovered about 9 a.

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