Suspects in Oklahoma slaying arrested at Texas-Mexico border

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say two people sought on Oklahoma murder warrants have been arrested at the Mexican border in southwest Texas.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman said Friday that 32-year-old Coker Barker and 27-year-old Anastacia Little, both of Seminole, were arrested Thursday as they tried to cross the border at Laredo.

Both are in custody in Webb County, Texas, pending extradition.

Investigators say the two are wanted in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Mickel Kelough of Seminole. His body was found Tuesday in the front seat of his vehicle in Seminole County.

Online court records do not show that formal charges have been filed against either Barker or Little. Jail records show both remain in custody and do not list an attorney to speak on their behalf.

Oil drilling company dismissed from lawsuit over explosion

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys representing the wife of an Oklahoma man who was killed in an oil rig explosion have dismissed a Houston-based company from her wrongful death lawsuit after a settlement was reached.

The March 28 filing first reported by the McAlester News-Capital dismisses the negligence claim against Patterson-UTI with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

Dianna Waldridge's lawsuit alleged negligence by Patterson and Oklahoma City-based Red Mountain Energy in the Jan. 22, 2018, explosion that killed five workers.

Waldridge's attorney, Michael Lyons, said Friday that he can't discuss terms of the settlement and that the lawsuit continues against Red Mountain Energy.

Parker Waldridge of Crescent died in the blast, along with Matt Smith of McAlester; Roger Cunningham of Seminole; Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas; and Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado.

Oklahoma man charged in murder-for-hire plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 69-year-old Oklahoma man who owns several vape stores in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri is charged with trying to hire someone to kill a former employee and her boyfriend.

Federal authorities say Vernon Wayne Brock, of Alva, Oklahoma, was charged Thursday with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder for hire.

A federal complaint alleges Brock offered $5,000 to his business partner to attack the woman and her boyfriend in Oklahoma City. The partner, who lives in Kansas, contacted the FBI and cooperated with authorities.

The complaint says Brock was upset that the woman ended a sexual relationship with him.

Brock was arrested Wednesday after allegedly delivering a $5,000 check to his partner at a Kansas cafe. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

No arrest in Oklahoma family shooting that killed dad, son

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma sheriff says the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man who had shot and killed his father may have been in self-defense.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said Thursday that Ty Kirchner was shot by a relative during an altercation shortly after Kirchner fatally shot his 45-year-old father, Travis Kirchner, Wednesday night.

Deputies had initially said the father shot the son.

Virden said both Kirchners were dead at the scene north of Pawhuska, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Tulsa.

The relative's name was not released and Kirchner said that person was not arrested while authorities investigate the self-defense claim.

The sheriff said a report will be turned over to the district attorney, who will determine whether to file charges.