Hearing stayed for Oklahoman charged in children's deaths
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — A court hearing has been delayed for an eastern Oklahoma woman charged with killing two of her teenage children and trying to kill a third.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals delayed a scheduled Friday preliminary hearing for 38-year-old Amy Leann Hall until April 25. Hall is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the November shooting deaths of 18-year-old Kayson Toliver and 16-year-old Kloee Toliver and one count of shooting with intent to kill a 14-year-old daughter, who was wounded but managed to take the gun from her mother.
The delay comes while the court considers an appeal of Judge Pandee Ramirez's refusal to recuse from the case.
Defense attorneys say Ramirez should disqualify herself because she presided over a case involving Hall and the surviving child.
Oklahoma treasurer reports overall collections still strong
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new state treasurer says overall collections to the state treasury are continuing to increase, aided in part by a $50 million boost last month from a new package of tax increases.
Treasurer Randy McDaniel released figures on Friday that show total receipts in February were $971 million. That's an increase of more than 10 percent from collections during the same month last year.
The figures show the new tax hikes resulted in a boost of $33 million last month from oil and gas production, $10 million from cigarettes and $7.1 million from motor fuel.
Despite lower oil and gas prices, McDaniel reported all major revenue streams last month showed higher collections than February 2018.
Judge orders Oklahoma County jail to check inmates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A local judge has issued the first-ever court-sanctioned check of all inmates in Oklahoma County's jail after learning one detainee was lost in the criminal justice system for nearly eight months.
County court documents show that people taken into custody must be arraigned within 10 days. However, Charles E. Lemons was jailed in July but not arraigned until last week.
He'd been arrested on probation violations stemming from failing to register as a sex offender. He was released Wednesday.
The Oklahoman reports the county's presiding Judge Tom Prince made the order Tuesday after a public defender, Bob Ravitz, notified him of the error.
Ravitz, his team and the sheriff's office will conduct checks of the inmates Friday by asking if they've seen a judge or have an upcoming court date or an attorney.
1 dead following house fire in eastern Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City firefighters say one man is dead following a house fire on the city's east side.
Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says the adult man was found dead in an addition at the rear of the home Thursday.
The man's name has not been released.
Fulkerson says three other adults escaped the burning home and told firefighters the man had gone to the room to investigate after smelling smoke, then was unable to escape.
Fulkerson said a suspected cause of the fire has not been determined.