TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge says the trial of a man accused of killing a businessman three years ago will begin next week.
According to a story in Saturday's Tulsa World, Terrico Bethel told District Judge Tom Gillert on Friday that his team wasn't ready to proceed. But Gillert said jury selection will start on Monday.
Prosecutors have charged Bethel with first-degree murder in the September 2008 fatal shooting of 63-year-old Neal Sweeney. Three others have been charged in what investigators believe was a murder for hire.
CASTLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Castle woman who was walking in the middle of a highway in Okfuskee County was struck by a car and killed.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says paramedics pronounced 67-year-old Lois Gauze dead at the scene of the accident early Saturday on Oklahoma Highway 48 near Castle.
Troopers say Gauze was walking south on the highway about 12:10 a.m. when a northbound vehicle struck her. The patrol says the woman hit the hood of the car, rolled over the roof and landed on the vehicle's trunk.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hoping to build on huge gains in the 2010 elections, Republicans are setting their sights on the last large swatch of Democratic blue in Oklahoma — the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.
Thrown open last summer when U.S. Representative Dan Boren announced plans to not seek a fifth term, six Republicans are looking to flip the only Democrat-held seat in the state's congressional delegation from blue to red.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has handed down a 15-year suspended sentence to a former Skiatook school district superintendent who was accused of bribery.
District Judge Tom Gillert also ordered Gary Johnson to pay $657,000 in restitution during a hearing on Friday.
Johnson pleaded guilty in July to four counts of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe as a public officer or public employee for taking cash bribes from an Oklahoma City vendor. He didn't reach a plea agreement with prosecutors beforehand.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough for humans to feel. But other types of energy-related drilling can make the ground noticeably shake. That's according to a report released late this week from the National Research Council.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant walks around without the burden of pressure that LeBron James and the Miami Heat can never escape.
Durant doesn't seek the spotlight and it seldom comes to Oklahoma looking for him. He rarely makes much news and wouldn't read it anyway, preferring the quiet life the Heat's superstars gave up when they promised championships moments after joining up two summers ago.
Even though they have resigned from the Department of Human Services Commission, Anne Roberts and Steven Dow were asked to stay on a committee that is overseeing the settlement of a class action lawsuit over child welfare.
Both have now resigned from that committee. This after other commissioners complained about them serving. Roberts and Dow both have extensive experience in child welfare issues.
The commission chair stepped down as chair earlier this week.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma election officials are urging voters to do their homework before they head to voting precincts for the upcoming primary election.
Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters should confirm their precinct assignment and polling location before the June 26 primary. Ziriax says many voters were assigned to different polling places following last year's redistricting process for congressional and legislative seats.
He also says voters should know what, if anything, is on the ballot in their precinct prior to election day.