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Suspect in Oklahoma cold case to have mental health evaluated, judge orders

An Oklahoma man accused in the long-unsolved shooting death of former Haskell County Commissioner Leo Reasnor will have his mental health evaluated before moving forward in his murder proceedings.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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In the letter, Eagle claims he went to the Billings Police Department to seek some kind of assistance from the officers there. What exactly he was seeking help with isn't clear in the letter.

Eagle was a registered sex offender in Montana at the time of his confession. He had pleaded guilty to a Pittsburg County rape in 2003 and to marijuana possession in 1998.

“The confession was coerced by the Billings Police Department after I went to them for help,” Eagle wrote in the letter, which is dated June 12. “I just wanted to let them know that the federal authorities were planning to file false accusations against me in retaliation for trying to file a civil suit claim against the federal government.”

Billings police Lt. Kevin Iffland said he spoke with the detectives who interviewed Eagle about the Reasnor case.

“I can tell you that the statement wasn't coerced ... he physically came into the station and wanted to give the statement,” Iffland said.

Iffland said the interview with Eagle was recorded “as a courtesy to Oklahoma law enforcement.”

Ward said he would not comment on Eagle's claim that his confession was coerced but he did say that detectives in Billings have provided his office with recordings of the interview.

Eagle fought extradition to Oklahoma and didn't return to Oklahoma until August after Gov. Mary Fallin signed the so-called “governor's warrant” to bring him back.

Ward said Eagle hasn't been a problem at the Haskell County jail since his return, but said local investigators have not spoken with the defendant about the case.

“We have had some discussions with his attorney,” the prosecutor said, “but there's not been any movement in getting the case settled or resolved.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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