The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

June 17, 2014

Murder trials move forward

PRYOR, OK — Two Mayes County men charged with murder were back in court Monday.

After a lengthy recess to allow their attorneys to conference, Jason Miller was the first to appear before Judge Terry McBride.

Miller, 37, Locust Grove, represented by attorney Craig Hoehns, waived his right to a jury trial and was found competent to do so. Miller told the judge he understood the rights he was forfeiting.

Miller’s case was set for disposition July 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Miller is accused of killing two men, William Lonnie Brizendine and Ronald Orear at his Locust Grove residence in February 2012. Court records report he shot the men with a .223 caliber round in an AR-15 rifle. Orear was shot twice, Brizendine was shot once and stabbed.

Remaining stoic as usual, William Wilkerson appeared with his court-appointed attorney Jacqueline Rhodes.

His case was continued to July 28 at 9:30 a.m. for a jury trial.

Wilkerson, 31, Rose, is accused of murdering his mother Susan Wilkerson.

Susan Wilkerson, who had been stabbed multiple times, was deceased when emergency crews arrived.

Wilkerson allegedly got angry at his mother, believing she was lying to him. He allegedly tried choking her, then went to the kitchen to retrieve a paring knife and stabbed her at least once. When the tip of the knife broke, he allegedly retrieved a second knife and stabbed her again. Wilkerson was booked into jail Nov. 28, 2012.

Both men are being held without bond.

Mayes County's most recent murder case, Jeremy Sappington, Chouteau, is set for court July 21. Sappington, 37, is accused of killing his aunt in March.


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