Wife's shooting death was a joke gone awry, Seminole County husband says

An Oklahoma man says he pointed a revolver at his wife as a joke to scare her and accidentally shot and killed her. Charges have been filed against Melvin Streater, 74, in the shooting death of Trevia Streater, 73.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013
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A husband told investigators he had been drinking whiskey and taking medication when he pointed a revolver at his wife as a joke to scare her before he pulled the trigger and killed her.

Prosecutors in Seminole County have filed homicide charges — ranging from manslaughter to first-degree murder — against Melvin Darrell Streater, 74, in the Sept. 4 shooting death of his wife, Trevia Sue Streater, 73.

The charges state he also fired two shots at his granddaughter who was at the scene. Dana Streater was not hit by gunfire.

Melvin Streater was arrested after the shooting at the couple's home at 1422 S Seminole and was taken to the Seminole County jail. Trevia Streater was taken to a hospital in Holdenville, where she died.

An affidavit filed in Seminole County District Court states Melvin Streater said he had two glasses of whiskey and had taken medication when he took a .38-caliber revolver outside to clean it. He shot once at a tree stump. His wife told him to put the gun down and stop shooting, he told investigators. He said he then raised the gun and pointed it at his wife. He said he “wanted to play a joke on Trevia and scare her when he pulled the trigger, striking her once in the stomach,” the affidavit states.

Dana Streater, who lives on the property, said she saw her grandmother lying on the floor in the house with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Her grandfather fired two rounds at her through a window, the affidavit states. She was not hit.

Seminole County Assistant District Attorney Paul Smith was not available for comment Wednesday.