A suspect charged in connection with the murder of a 91-year-old Shawnee woman is now scheduled for a jury trial next month.
Following an appearance for disposition docket in Pottawatomie County District Court, Johnnie C. Henson II, 38, was listed as being ready for the September jury term.
He is charged with first-degree murder in the 2016 death of Florence Fife, 91.
Shawnee Police Detective Jason Crouch said Fife was found dead in her home in the 1200 block of East Main street about 9 p.m. Oct. 22 after relatives who help care for her became concerned when they couldn’t reach her by phone.
Crouch, who said there were signs of forced entry, confirmed Fife was stabbed in the neck and that her home had been ransacked.
Shawnee police investigated the case and within days tracked down and arrested three suspects — two were arrested on first-degree murder complaints and a third was jailed on an accessory complaint.
While awaiting trial, Henson remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
Funeral services for Fife were held Oct. 29 in Shawnee.
Fife, who was born in West Virginia, made Shawnee her home in 1990.
According to obituary information, during World War II, Fife worked in the Pentagon for the War Department and her job was to keep the European Theater supplied with what was needed for guns, tanks and ammo.
She met her husband, John W. Fife, while he was on military leave before going to Europe. They corresponded during the war and married in 1945. They lived in Texas for 35 years and then moved to the Tulsa area in 1980. They retired to Shawnee in 1990 and made their home here; he preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, her siblings and many other family members and friends.