News Headlines - June 26

Gruesome details heard in third day of Grayson County murder trial

A third day of testimony and evidence left a Grayson County Courtroom on the edge yesterday, as Robert Gray, Jr.’s murder trial continued. Gray is being charged with the death of his disabled 15-year-old stepson, Brandon White.

During yesterday’s testimony, Gray’s cellmate Rafael Murguia took the stand and said Gray confided in him, and told him about putting a pillow over his stepson’s face so he could go to sleep. Then, when Gray later awoke, he wasn’t moving.

Prosecutors also presented evidence yesterday from the murder scene, which included handfuls of bloody tissues from the EMTs.

The Jury also heard the 911 call made by Gray, in which he could be heard saying, ‘Hi, how are you doing? My stepson is not breathing.”

When first responders arrived, he was already dead. Gray said during his initial interrogation he didn’t know how Brandon died, but admitted he was the last person to see him alive.

Antlers man makes initial appearance in court for death of his nephew

An Antlers man charged with the murder of his nephew made his initial appearance in court yesterday.

Pushmataha County Court officials say necessary test results were not available, so Henry J.C. Cole’s preliminary hearing will be continued on August 6th.

The 69-year-old Cole called 911 on April 15th to report that he found his nephew, Gene Cole’s body, on his property.

OSBI said Gene died from a shotgun wound to the neck. Henry was charged with first degree murder after OSBI said they found two shotguns at his home and determined one was used to kill Gene.

Duncan Schools approve purchase of 'Tornado helmets'

The Duncan Board of Education approved the purchase of 4500 skateboard helmets for students and employees to wear in case of a tornado.

The board spent $34,650 on the helmets with funds raised by the Cover Our Kids campaign, which was created in response to the May 2013 tornado in Moore, which killed seven schoolchildren.

Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the helmets will be available for use in the upcoming school year and told the Duncan Banner that three sizes will be made available in the elementary through high school.

Moore schools have already purchased helmets and Chickasha is implementing a campaign similar to Duncan’s for the same reasons.


Jay Fox