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Switzer Ring Suspect Charged

David Zizzo Published: August 25, 1989
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A former college football player was charged Thursday with felony counts in the burglaries of former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer's home last month and three other residences last year.

Otha Armstrong, 24, of Norman was arraigned in Cleveland County District Court on one charge of second-degree burglary and one charge of grand larceny in the break-in at the Switzer home. He also was arraigned on three felony counts for 1988 burglaries, said Assistant District Attorney Rick Sitzman.

Bond was set at $7,500 for each count, for a total of $37,500. He was being held in the Cleveland County jail.

Officials scheduled a hearing conference for next Thursday to consider Armstrong's request for a court-appointed attorney. Armstrong was arrested Wednesday at a Norman restaurant where he allegedly had gone to meet what he believed was a buyer for the rings.

An undercover officer had arranged the meeting.

Sitzman said Armstrong is the only suspect in the July 22 burglary of Switzer's home.

Switzer had reported 25 rings commemorating Big Eight and national football championships and Orange Bowl victories were missing.

Four of the rings were turned over to authorities earlier by a man who said he bought them from Armstrong, then realized they were Switzer's. Armstrong played quarterback at Lawton High School, then tight end at East Central University in Ada. As a senior, he made the first team of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 9 all-star squad, ECU officials said. BIOG: NAME:

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