This week's local crime and court updates from Tulsa World.
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A Tulsa man has been charged with manslaughter on allegations that he was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a wreck, that killed one of his passengers last summer.
The Tulsa-area organization allegedly paid more than 20 "boosters" to steal large quantities of over-the-counter medication from stores. More than $10 million was stolen, authorities said.
Donald A. Grant is set to be executed Jan. 27 by lethal injection, and Gilbert Ray Postelle is set to be executed Feb. 17.
Oklahoma pays a doctor $15,000 per execution for duties that include performing a consciousness check and verifying death during the lethal-injection process, a top corrections official said Monday.
According to statements he made to police, Nicholas Johnson's jealousy of his girlfriend's relationship with another woman spurred plans to take Sarah Maguire's life.
The Towne Square apartment complex is no stranger to violence. Three people were shot and killed there in 2021, and 15 people have been killed there since 2004.
The first person to be charged federally with a crime committed in the Quapaw reservation after an appellate court determined that it was still Indian Country pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing a minor.
This week has been busy for Tulsa homicide detectives, who investigated one homicide at a north Tulsa apartment early Tuesday and by early that afternoon were announcing arrests in the city's second homicide of 2022.
Dean Stith, 55, was found incompetent to stand trial in a 2020 felony case primarily due to dementia, according to court records, but he was jailed again in December on a complaint of falsely reporting a crime.
Devon Jones spent 263 days in the Tulsa County jail during court proceedings, which Chief U.S. District Judge John Heil credited to him as time served.
Andrew Stevens will, however, serve 10 years in Department of Corrections custody for possessing a firearm after former conviction of a felony.
The court could consider at its next conference day, scheduled for Friday, whether to take up the state’s McGirt challenges. It could issue orders the following Tuesday.
Attorneys for David Anthony Ware were given a month to get him an MRI, which they hope could show he did not have the capacity for malice aforethought, a requirement for a first-degree murder conviction.
Adam James admitted to using the identities of five individuals to apply for PPP loans at an area bank, falsely claiming that a company James was affiliated with employed the individuals.
Columbus Adams, 37, is 5-foot-10, about 240 pounds with tattoos on both arms, according to a news release. He is reportedly a plumber and may frequent homes in Claremore and Tulsa, police said.
The Tulsa Police Department ended the year with more open cases than is typical, but detectives say they're confident closure will come.
The majority who saw their state convictions overturned have been prosecuted in federal or tribal courts, according to DOC records provided upon an Open Records Act request.
Former Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler got 25 years in federal prison Friday after using the Supreme Court's McGirt ruling to appeal his state court conviction and 15-year sentence for killing his daughter's new boyfriend in 2014.