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Crimes and courts

July 13, 2013

Wilkerson murder case continued

William Wilkerson, Rose, appeared in the Mayes County District Court for his preliminary hearing July 11, nearly 8 months after his arrest.

The incident occurred Nov. 28, just 10 days after Wilkerson's 30th birthday. Court records state Wilkerson was home with his mother, Susan Wilkerson, at their shared residence on 446 Road.

“Wilkerson stated that he and his mother had gotten into an argument about something and he didn't think she was telling him the truth. Wilkerson stated that he tried choking her and then went to the kitchen and got a paring knife and stabbed her with it. He stated that the tip of the knife broke off and he went to the kitchen and got a second knife and stabbed her again. Wilkerson sated that he stabbed her at least two times total but it could have been more,” said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation interview included in the probable cause affidavit.

The probable cause affidavit says Wilkerson then called 911 at 2:41 p.m. and was walked through performing life-saving measures. Susan Wilkerson was dead when law enforcement and paramedics arrived on the scene.

At Wilkerson’s initial court appearance, the judge ordered Wilkerson would be held without bond. Beginning in January, his case was continued three times. In May, court records show a request for a mental health evaluation and the next court appearance found Wilkerson mentally competent. Being deemed mentally competent to enter a plea, his preliminary hearing was set for July 11. Wilkerson did not appear in court, however, as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Though Wilkerson's criminal record includes several misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and driving under the influence of alcohol, detectives say he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time.  

In previous court appearances the crime was described as heinous and as having malice aforethought. The conviction of murder in the first degree can carry up to a life sentence, life without parole or the death penalty.

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