A jury found Malik Omar Vance, 23, guilty and recommended a 13-year sentence, which District Judge Sharon Holmes opted to suspend when she sentenced him Friday.
District Judge Sharon Holmes determined that Corey Atchison was actually innocent of a first-degree murder charge related to the Aug. 3, 1990, shooting death of James Lane.
Jurors recommended Michaela Riddle spend 25 years in prison on a second-degree murder count, as well as 20 years and four years, respectively, for kidnapping and desecration of a corpse.
Willard O'Neal was convicted in March 2004 of murder and received a life without parole sentence in the Dec. 23, 2001, shooting of Bruce Chamberlain, who owned the Trapeze Lounge at 3113 S. 101st East Avenue. He also had a sentence of life with the possibility of parole related to the shooting of Gildardo "Tonto" Rueda, an employee at the club who survived his injuries.
Adrienne Smith, 28, has been free since May 2 after an altercation with her mother, District Judge Sharon Holmes, on March 2. Her preliminary hearing will take place Sept. 30 at the Creek County Courthouse, and Holmes could be called to testify.
While Eric Cullen was in court working to have a judge vacate Malcolm Scott’s and De’Marchoe Carpenter’s 1995 murder convictions, a 10-year pro bono case, he was pointed to the murder case of Scott’s older brother, Corey Atchison.
"I know I need to enjoy (my freedom), but I want a job," Corey Atchison said. "I want my own money, a job, my own place, you know, to do my own thing. And I want it so fast. That’s the hard part for me. I know it’s gonna come, but being patient, that’s the hard part."
Atchison was convicted in the 1990 shooting death of James Lane and was sentenced to life in prison. Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes vacated his first-degree murder conviction Tuesday and ordered him released after 28 years in prison.
District Judge Sharon Holmes determined Corey Atchison provided sufficient evidence showing he is actually innocent and vacated his murder conviction, which she called a "fundamental miscarriage of justice."
Gerald Keith Lowe Jr., 41, and Michaela Riddle, 27, are accused of first-degree murder over the November 2016 homicide of 23-year-old Courtney Palmer at a north Tulsa residence. Tulsa Police found Palmer's burned body in a shallow grave in Muskogee County on Dec. 15, 2016, and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office determined he died of "homicidal violence by multiple modalities."
Though neither defendant appeared in court Wednesday morning, Assistant District Attorney Mark Collier told the Tulsa World he will not seek the death penalty against them regardless of whether they decide to plead or opt to have a jury trial.
Police on Tuesday released more than 10 clips of audio and video from some of the officers present March 2 at Holmes’ north Tulsa home.
Adrienne Smith, 28, faces a felony assault charge stemming from a March 2 incident where police found Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen, having been stabbed.
Adrienne Smith, 28, faces the charge stemming from a March 2 incident where police arrived and found Holmes lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen having been stabbed.
Ian Cole was 15 when he faced a first-degree murder charge as an adult in the death of 45-year-old Melissa Cole, whose body was found in a third-floor apartment in the Tulsa Arts District on Sept. 27, 2016. He pleaded no contest in 2017 to second-degree murder, which made him eligible for classification as a youthful offender and therefore able to receive treatment supervised by the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
“It would seem, because she feels that some members of the Fraternal Order of Police have an opinion regarding her husband, that the Tulsa Police Department is targeting him,” Chief Chuck Jordan said of councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper. “First, the Fraternal Order of Police does not decide who or what the Tulsa Police Department will investigate. Those decisions are solely made by the Tulsa Police Department Command Staff.”
Tulsa police arrested a woman on allegations she stabbed District Judge Sharon Holmes during a domestic attack at a residence in north Tulsa.
Vanessa Hall-Harper’s husband is Tulsa Police Sgt. Marcus Harper. He was among the officers who responded to a 911 call on the evening of March 2 from the home of Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, according to a police report obtained by the Tulsa World.
A police report obtained by the Tulsa World shows the report writer said he was instructed by a supervisor to "title this report an accidental injury." But Sgt. Shane Tuell told the World on Thursday that officers are now investigating the incident as being an act of domestic violence.
Chester Earl-McKinnly Browning, 37, had been convicted of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 from July 2014 until at least July 2016.
Chester Earl-McKinnly Browning, 37, had been convicted of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Tracy Priddy, a civil lawyer and former Tulsa County prosecutor, won the seat over Caputo, who had held his position since 2010, in Tuesday’s general election.
Tulsa and Pawnee counties share a judicial district. All candidates but those in Office 2 will appear on general election ballots for residents of both counties. Office 2 will be on ballots for those living in Tulsa County Electoral Division 3, which consists of downtown and much of north Tulsa.
Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo, whose name reportedly surfaced in an investigation into illicit massage parlors, reiterated his stance that the allegations against him are false.
The Tulsa World editorial board has spent 10 hours in recent weeks interviewing the candidates for district judge and associate district judge, concentrating on issues of judicial demeanor, docket management, qualifications, intelligence and knowledge of the law.