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Mustang murder defendant Becky Bryan told police: 'We were quite in love.'

Testimony resumes for a second week in the murder trial for a woman accused of fatally shooting her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan.
by Nolan Clay Modified: May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm •  Published: May 14, 2013

EL RENO — In a police interview at the hospital after her husband was shot, murder defendant Becky Bryan said: “We were quite in love.”

Jurors listened intently Monday to the 35-minute recording of the interview that began about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011.

“He's like the most amazing husband,” she said in the recording about her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. “Everybody likes Keith.”

Jurors, though, heard testimony Monday that the real estate agent cheated on her husband hours earlier, with a client.

The client, Wesley Hubert, told jurors Becky Bryan stopped at his home in McLoud on her way back to her home in Mustang from Tulsa. He said they had flirted before but never had sex.

He said after talking about some things, she went to the bathroom. “And, when she came out, she was wearing a fishnet outfit,” he said.

“It was shocking to me mainly that it actually was going to happen,” he said. “She had been alone with me before … and nothing had ever happened.”

Becky Bryan is accused in a first-degree murder charge of shooting her husband inside their Mustang home Sept. 20, 2011. He died at the hospital the next day. He was 52.

They had been married 33 years.

She had a brief extramarital affair that ended in early 2010. Prosecutors have put on evidence she wanted to reunite with the former lover, Mark Holbrook, of Hugo.

She had left a message for the former lover before the shooting that she was about to get a large inheritance, according to testimony in the trial.

She was arrested after the gun used in the shooting was found inside a clothes dryer at the home.

She blames an intruder for the shooting.

If convicted, Becky Bryan, 54, faces life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The trial — now in its second week — has focused on the defendant's racy behavior in the days before the shooting and how calm she acted in the hours immediately afterward.

Jurors, for instance, heard Monday that she sent nude photos and explicit texts the day before the shooting to another real estate agent.

The witness, Karl Oltermann, said he and Becky Bryan had never flirted before and knew each other from taking real estate classes together. Asked if the text messages came completely out of the blue, he said, “Yes sir, very much so.”

He said she wanted him to come to Tulsa and have drinks with her.

The witness said the text messages got extremely explicit about what she wanted to do afterward.

He said at one point she wrote “she wanted to ride that tall cowboy.”

In the hospital interview, with a Mustang police detective and an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent, Becky Bryan claimed the intruder had apologized after shooting her husband point blank.

She said the intruder had, using an expletive, told her, “He should have … hired me.”

She said she and her husband had been watching “Carrie,” a horror movie. She graphically described the shooting, saying her husband's eyes bulged out.

During the interview, she admitted she had filed for divorce the year before and had moved out for a time.

“Yes, we had our problems,” she said. “He was like a totally different person after I came back. We were quite in love.”

One witness said Monday that Becky Bryan in 2010 had called her former lover her soul mate and talked of faking a pregnancy so he would be with her. The witness, Pamela Woodard, was a longtime friend of the victim.

“It was very difficult. It was very sad to relive everything,” Woodard told reporters afterward about her testimony. “It was very surreal.”

Becky Bryan talked about her former lover on the way to the hospital after her husband was shot, another witness, Sharon Valdez said.

Valdez told jurors Becky Bryan said, “Have you ever loved somebody so much you would do that?”

Becky Bryan did not explain what she meant, according to the testimony.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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