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Lawyer: OSU Crash Suspect Is Mentally Ill

He says she didn't sleep for 3 days before plowing into crowd

(Newser) - The woman accused of driving into an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade is clearly mentally ill and has no memory of the crash that killed four people and injured dozens more, her lawyer says. "I have deep concerns about her competency at this point," attorney Tony Coleman tells... More »

3 Dead After Car Slams Into OSU Homecoming Parade

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI

(Newser) - At least three people were killed and another 22 injured as a car slammed into the crowd at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, NBC News reports. "I can't describe it any more clearly than this: People flying in the air," a graduate... More »

Oklahoma Calls Off All Executions This Year

State will wait for inquiry into drug mix-up

(Newser) - Richard Glossip will live to see 2016. The Oklahoma murderer was supposed to be the next prisoner put to death this year in the state, but an investigation into drug confusion means no executions will take place there through the rest of this year, reports the Tulsa World . Glossip had... More »

Arrest in Case of Girl Taken From Her Bedroom in 1997

Crucial evidence in Kirsten Hatfield's disappearance wasn't DNA-tested

(Newser) - Investigators believe an ex-con in an Oklahoma City suburb murdered his 8-year-old neighbor and got away with it for 18 years. Kirsten Hatfield disappeared from her bedroom in Midwest City on the night of May 14, 1997, and Anthony Palma, who lived two houses away, was arrested this week on... More »

Oklahoma Used Wrong Drug During Execution

January mistake just came to light

(Newser) - Oklahoma used the wrong drug to stop an inmate's heart during an execution in January, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Oklahoman . Corrections officials used potassium acetate—not potassium chloride, as required under the state's protocol—to execute Charles Warner , according to the newspaper. Last week,... More »

Ten Commandments Removed From Oklahoma Capitol

It violated the state's constitution

(Newser) - A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage. In June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition... More »

Drug Glitch Leads Oklahoma to Halt 3 Executions

Problem was discovered just hours before one execution was scheduled

(Newser) - Oklahoma's highest criminal court unanimously agreed Friday to halt all of the state's scheduled executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution... More »

Controversial Execution Postponed Again

Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death today

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday postponed the scheduled execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent , saying a drug that the state Department of Corrections had received to carry out his lethal injection didn't match those listed in the agency's protocols. Fallin said prison officials received... More »

Battered Woman to Stay in Jail Until 2030 for BF's Abuse

Tondalo Hall denied clemency in Oklahoma for not protecting kids from partner

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall wasn't accused of abusing her two young children but was handed a 30-year sentence for failing to protect them from her abusive boyfriend. Her partner, meanwhile, nabbed a plea deal and served just two years for breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old infant; he was... More »

Teacher Makes 4-Year-Old Stop Writing With 'Evil' Hand

Pre-K student Zayde in Oklahoma thinks his left hand is 'bad'

(Newser) - A teacher scolded a 4-year-old student in Oklahoma over writing with his "bad" left hand, and then sent the boy's mother literature detailing how left-handedness is associated with wickedness and the devil. Alisha Sands, who is left-handed herself, says son Zayde has always used his left hand to... More »

Last-Minute Stay Granted in Controversial Execution

Richard Eugene Glossip won't be executed today

(Newser) - An appeals court has agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man who claims he was framed for the 1997 beating death of his boss. Richard Eugene Glossip was scheduled for execution at 3pm today. But the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a request from Glossip's attorneys,... More »

Is Oklahoma Going to Kill an Innocent Man Today?

Fallin rejects appeal in Glossip case

(Newser) - Richard Glossip is scheduled to die at 3pm today, and his supporters say Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. The 52-year-old was convicted of ordering the 1997 murder of his boss at a motel, but his lawyers argue that the only evidence of his involvement is testimony from... More »

4 Killed in 'Disturbance' at Private Prison

All prisons in Oklahoma now on lockdown

(Newser) - A spasm of violence at a private prison in Oklahoma lasted just a couple of minutes, but it killed four inmates and injured several others, officials say. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections describes the Saturday afternoon incident at the Cimarron Correctional Facility as a "disturbance" and says staff members... More »

Politician Stabbed to Death at Restaurant; Son Charged

'I'm just numb right now,' says colleague

(Newser) - Oklahoma's state labor commissioner was stabbed to death last night in a gruesome scene at an Oklahoma City restaurant, reports KFOR, and Mark Costello's own son is being held in his murder. Sources say Christian Costello, reportedly 26 or 27, asked his parents to meet him at the... More »

Oklahoma Mom's Limbs Amputated After Tick Bite

6 days after a Grand Lake holiday trip, Jo Rogers' organs shut down

(Newser) - A Fourth of July hike to see waterfalls near Grand Lake, Okla., took a bad turn once Jo Rogers and her husband, Keith, got home. Soon after their return, Keith tells ABC News , Jo didn't feel well and suspected the flu. But as Jo got sicker and so lethargic... More »

Susan Sarandon Trying to Save Death-Row Inmate

Calls Oklahoma governor 'horrible person' for not intervening

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon is using her Hollywood clout to try to save an inmate on Oklahoma's death row. In an interview with Sky News , the actress called Gov. Mary Fallin a "horrible person" for not intervening in next month's scheduled execution of Richard Glossip. He is "clearly... More »

Cops: Teen 'Spontaneously' Gave Up Murder Plans

Investigator expects to find knives, swords, machetes in Broken Arrow home

(Newser) - One of two Oklahoma brothers charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings told police that plans for the attack were on a USB flash drive in a bedroom of the family's home in Broken Arrow, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed yesterday... More »

11-Month-Old With 'Super' E. Coli Faces Huge Battle

Little Oakleigh Nance has a GoFundMe page asking for help

(Newser) - An Oklahoma girl diagnosed with "super" E. coli is facing a life-or-death battle—and worse, she's only 11 months old. "With this strain of E. coli, it can get in her brain, it can get in her spinal cord, basically cause her to go into cardiac arrest,... More »

Restaurant Whose Kindness Went Viral Is Floundering

Okla. owner Ashley Jiron helps feed those in need and now needs help herself

(Newser) - As Ashley Jiron explains in a post on her Oklahoma restaurant's Facebook page , she's spent the past few weeks mulling over words that she really didn't want to say: "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce P.B. Jams' permanent closing after... More »

Boy's Dying 911 Call May Have Saved at Least 2 Lives

Sister who survived stabbing spree identifies 2 brothers as assailants

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who survived a stabbing attack that killed her parents and three of her siblings identified two brothers as the assailants, say police. Robert Bever, 18, and his unnamed 16-year-old brother are in custody, but authorities say they still have no idea what prompted the murder spree in... More »

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