The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

February 25, 2014

Murder case continued again

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County's last reported homicide was said to have been committed by William Wilkerson, who was charged with the first-degree murder of his mother in 2012. He was declared mentally competent to appear in court, and did so for his preliminary hearing Thursday. The judge found probable cause to hold him on the charges and his case was continued yet again.

With no reported evidence of drug or alcohol use, Wilkerson allegedly attempted to strangle his mother, Susan Wilkerson.

Information filed in the case said Wilkerson thought his mother was lying to him, so he began to strangle her. He then got a paring knife from the kitchen of their shared home and stabbed her. In interviews with law enforcement, he said the tip of the knife broke off, causing him to retrieve a second knife and stab her again. According to the probable cause affidavit, Wilkerson stated he stabbed his mother at least two times but that it could have been more.

Wilkerson allegedly then called 911 to say he had stabbed his mom. Responders were dispatched to the home on 446 Road in Rose. The events occurred on Nov. 28, 2012, and Wilkerson has been held in the Mayes County Jail ever since.

The 5-foot-10, 240-pound Wilkerson has been stoic in every court appearance, keeping his eyes downcast and saying no more than was required. Family members of the victim and defendant have been present at every court appearance.

 

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