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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sentencing set Wednesday in local murder case

  • Family members of a slain Oklahoma City woman have completed victim impact statements that will be considered when a Pottawatomie County judge sentences the Shawnee woman convicted in her death.
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    Family members of a slain Oklahoma City woman have completed victim impact statements that will be considered when a Pottawatomie County judge sentences the Shawnee woman convicted in her death.
    Heather Nicole Checotah, 23, who is scheduled for formal sentencing Wednesday, was convicted by a jury in May.
    She was accused of stabbing Gina Raechel Swain in the chest with a knife on Feb. 5, 2012, in Shawnee.
    Several victim impact statements have been filed, including statements by some of Swain’s seven children.
    “Whenever I think about my mommy being dead, I just can’t do the things I used to do. I can’t really pay attention in school and sometimes I feel like crying…,” one of the children wrote.
    “I wish my mom did not die,” another child wrote. “I miss her so much because she used to do my hair very pretty. She was always a very nice and sweet person.”
    The victim’s mother, who is raising her children, is asking for the maximum sentence possible.
    The 2012 stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Chapel Ridge Apartments, where Shawnee police officers arrived outside the area of Building 20 to find Swain sitting in a chair with a stab wound.
    According to the arrest affidavit filed with these charges, police spoke with a woman at the scene who reportedly told police that Checotah, who was her ex-girlfriend, had stabbed Swain with a kitchen knife.
    Swain, who went by Medi Flight helicopter ambulance to OU Medical Center, died the next day.
    Police arrested Checotah at a Shawnee residence the day of the stabbing.
    She remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center awaiting sentencing.
    Watch for updates.
     
     
     
     
     

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