The Pryor Times

November 16, 2013

Wilkerson case continued

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Nearly one year to the day after his arrest, William Wilkerson appeared in court for his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

On Nov. 30, 2012, Wilkerson was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of his mother, Susan Wilkerson. Wilkerson reportedly called 911 after stabbing his mother because he believed she was lying to him. The incident occurred in the home they shared in Rose. Court records show he attempted to choke the victim then went to the kitchen to retrieve a paring knife and stabbed her with it. Records then show the knife broke so he went to the kitchen to retrieve a second kife and stabbed her again.

Wilkerson was arraigned and held without bond in the county jail on Nov. 30. His case was then continued multiple times while the state filed an order for mental observation. In early May, Wilkerson was found mentally competent and his case was continued again to July. Wilkerson appeared in court again in August, September and October.

Wednesday afternoon he appeared on the felony motion docket before Judge Terry McBride.

Wilkerson, in a jail-issued white shirt, was one of seven inmates brought to the courthouse in handcuffs for the docket. Family of Wilkerson sat silently in the court room as McBride read the defendant his rights.

Having previously waived his right to preliminary hearing within 30 days, Wilkerson's attorney requested another continuance in the case. The defendant remained stoic as his case was continued to Dec. 18.