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Witnesses describe stabbing

Larry Levy Published: November 21, 2000

TULSA - The suspect in a fatal knifing had lost a fistfight with the victim only minutes before the attack, a witness to the stabbing testified Monday.

Brandon Clay Stewart, 15, is charged as an adult on a first-degree murder charge for the Oct. 16 slaying of Brenton Epperly, 16. Both were students at Sperry High School.

Three witnesses, including the victim's sister, testified during Stewart's preliminary hearing.

Special Judge Clancy Smith postponed the rest of the hearing until Jan. 8. He could determine then if Stewart is to be recertified as a juvenile or tried under the state's juvenile offender act - both requests of the defense.

Until his arrest, Stewart was living in Sperry with his great aunt, Edna Vanarsdel. She said that he was a ward of the state of Nebraska.

Brian Aspan, a public defender representing Stewart, and James Dunn, assistant district attorney, said they want records about Stewart from Nebraska agencies.

Aspan said he also would seek a psychiatric examination. He said that Stewart was abandoned by his mother. She now lives in Tennessee and has called only once about the case. There has been no contact with the father.

Billy Conley, 19, said he was working on his car when Epperly arrived at his house. About 30 minutes later, Stewart arrived on his bicycle.

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