News Headlines - July 3

Jury likely to deal verdict today in Grayson County murder trial after delay yesterday

A 3-hour delay put a Grayson County murder trial on hold and a verdict will likely come today.

Closing arguments for the murder trial of Robert Gray Jr. were expected to start at 10 a.m. yesterday, but didn’t get going until early afternoon. Finally, after 5 p.m., the jury was let out for deliberation.

There are 11 different charges for the jury to consider – Felony murder being the most severe. The least serious of which, would be assault. If found guilty, they can only convict Gray on one of those charges.

Gray is charged with murdering his girlfriend’s 15-year-old autistic son Brandon White in January of 2013. Testimony in the case alleges Gray hog-tied, gagged and suffocated White. The defense claims that Gray’s act of restraint might be justified to help combat severe seizures he had. They also argue that the seizures, not asphyxiation, killed White.

The jury is expected to re-adjourn this morning, most likely with a verdict.

Identities released from deadly Monday night accident on I-35

The victims of a fatal accident on I-35 Monday evening have been identified.

According to a report issued by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the driver, 42-year-old William Ray Smith, and his passenger, 42-year-old Marcus Dwayne Smith, both of Dallas, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after their 2011 Kia Sorento slammed into the back of a semi truck at a high rate of speed.

The accident happened just after 9 p.m. near mile marker 9 on I-35 Monday night.

Witnesses say the Kia was driving recklessly and at very high rates of speed, estimated to be faster than 100 mph at times.

Another female passenger in the back of the vehicle was injured as well. She sustained arm injuries and was flown to a Plano hospital where she was treated and released.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

'Persons of interest' list comes back down to three for Ardmore murders

Another ‘person of interest’ has been taken off the list in Ardmore regarding two homicides on Sunday and Monday mornings.

Authorities say Rodney Cohee voluntarily came into the police department and talked with detectives about Sunday and Monday’s murders.

The ‘persons of interest’ list now consists of only three names – Ricky McGee Jr., Dimitri Washington and O’shay Brown, whose name was added yesterday.

For a full breakdown of this story, click here.

If you have any information on the homicides or on these individuals’ whereabouts, contact the Ardmore Police Department immediately.

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