The Pryor Times

February 22, 2013

Murder suspect waits for new attorney

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Despite the snow outside, things got heated in Mayes County courtroom one as Judge Terry McBride worked his way through a felony motion docket.

The jailer, along with the sheriff and the bailiff, filed in six handcuffed inmates, including Jason Miller and Jonathan Knipe.

In 2012 Miller, of Locust Grove, was charged with the first degree murder of William Brizendine and Ronald Orear.

Mcbride told the court the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System has been contacted to assign new legal representation to Miller, as attorney Jacqueline Rhodes removed herself from the case due to a conflict. As new representation had not been assigned to Miller, so the case was continued until March 20.

Knipe was charged with two counts of third degree arson in 2008. Knipe’s attorney made a request for a deferred sentence and an application to accelerate. Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill told the judge the state is more interested in Knipe paying the restitution he owes, than paying bond. McBride asked Knipe how he violated the terms of his probation. Knipe said he failed to make restitution payments. The judge accepted the request for accelerated sentencing. Sentencing was set for May 15.

Kevin Nassif, of Eucha, is charged with kidnapping and domestic assault and battery. McBride found him competent to waive his right to a trial by jury and his right to be arraigned within 30 days of being bound over. The conditions of his probation still apply and he is ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Mickey Threlkeld and Brittany Brown were both charged with second degree burglary. Though the incidents were not connected, both waived the right to a trial by jury and their cases were set on the March 25 docket.

Jarod Scott appeared on the felony motion docket with motion to revoke the personal recognizance bond. The case passed by appointment as his attorney waits to determine his status in Rogers County. The conditions of his bond remain the same.

Charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance were Christopher Greenway and Timothy Cline.

Cline was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance after former conviction. He was granted a continuance to April 10.

Greenway was also charged with purchasing pseudoephedrine after former conviction. This charge was dismissed with cost to the defendant. He is set for sentencing on the possession charge March 15.

Dalton Jordan, charged with possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, had his case continued until Feb. 26.