VINITA — A felon with a history of domestic violence against her husband is facing murder charges in his death, said Bryce Lair, Craig County first assistant district attorney.
Glendora Beisley, 48, of Vinita, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 27 shooting death of John W. Beisley, 65.
An alternative second-degree felony murder charge also was filed. The jury has the option of finding Beisley guilty of either charge, Lair said.
“She is charged with second-degree felony murder because she had a gun, and by law she was not allowed to have a gun,” Lair said. She was convicted in 2005 of assaulting her husband with a .45-caliber handgun.
Lair said he doesn't anticipate seeking the death penalty against Beisley.
She is being held on $800,000 bail in the Craig County jail, Lair said.
Lair said the slaying happened at the couple's rural Craig County home northwest of Vinita. Investigators think a rifle was used to killed Beisley.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents received the call about 4:40 a.m. July 28, but think Beisley died before midnight, spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.
Brown said after the shooting Glendora Beisley drove herself to the Muskogee 911 Center where law enforcement agents called Craig County authorities.
John Beisley was charged in May 2005 with domestic assault and battery, a misdemeanor. That charge was dropped in December 2005 with him paying court costs, court records show. Glendora Beisley was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in April 2010, but the charge was dismissed in October 2010 after a witness failed to appear in court, records show.
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