The Pryor Times

October 5, 2013

Court sets $1 million bond

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — A repeat offender was given a $1 million bond at his arraignment in Mayes County District Court Thursday.

Northeast Oklahoma law enforcement began a search for Rowdy Summerlin after he reportedly held his mother at gunpoint in Pryor.

Wednesday Deputy Billy Blackwell of the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a domestic assault involving a firearm, on 480 Road in Pryor. Once on the scene Blackwell spoke to the victim, Tina Justus, and her husband David Justus who stated that their son, Rowdy Summerlin, pulled a gun on her. When she attempted to call 911, he took her phone and broke it in two.

“She started that Rowdy and his wife Kendall had gotten into an argument and he had put a gun to her head and told her he would kill her,” Blackwell wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit says Summerlin left the residence with his three-year-old step-daughter in tow.

“When asked where Rowdy might go, his mother stated he might be in route to the residence of Debbie and Randy Stamper,” Blackwell said. “I then went to the residence of Randy and Debbie Stamper. Once at the residence I spoke with Randy and Debbie and they stated that Rowdy had left their three-year-old grandchild with them.”

Blackwell reports the Stampers said Summerlin might be headed to Google, his wife’s employer.

At that point, a “be on the lookout” was issued to all northeast Oklahoma agencies in reference to officer safety. The probable cause affidavit shows that officers from Pryor, Chouteau, Grand River Dam Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol began looking for Summerlin. A description of his 1999 blue Ford Ranger was issued as well.

Approximately one hour after the original domestic call, GRDA Police Officer Tyler Brown found the vehicle, with Summerlin inside, in the Walmart parking lot in Pryor. Officer Brown said he was holding the subject at gun point.

“When I arrived at Officer Brown’s location, he already had the subject in handcuffs. Officer Brown handed me a small black tube and stated that he observed Summerlin attempting to discard it,” stated Blackwell.

Inside the black tube were multiple baggies and a “crystal substance.”

According to the affidavit, Summerlin was advised of his Miranda Rights and asked if he understood his rights. He said yes, he understood. When Summerlin was asked if he wanted to speak with the officer, he said ‘it’s not going to do any good because I’m already going to prison for the rest of my life’” said Blackwell.

Blackwell told Summerlin he needed a yes or no answer. Summerlin said “Why? You already have me.”

Blackwell asked Summerlin about the incident involving his mother.

“I will tell you about that. My mother did this to me. I went over there to apologize for last night and I took her a rose,” Summerlin is quoted as saying in the affidavit. “She got mad and started throwing my clothes out the window. She was yelling at me because she said she did not like the way that me and my wife fight. She was yelling louder than we did. She’s a hypocrite.”

Summerlin stated that he did not have a gun during the altercation with his mother because his wife took it from him the night before during their altercation.

When officers asked Summerlin why his wife took his gun he said he can be “a lunatic at times.”

Summerlin then stated that he only sells dope because he can’t find a job and he has to provide for his family.

“I used to (use dope), I don’t anymore. I don’t drink, I don’t even dip anymore,” Summerlin said.

Deputy Dan Whalen of the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene. Whalen stated he

found two pistols in Summerlin’s vehicle. Whalen stated that the guns were in the trunk of the vehicle and the magazines were in the cab of the vehicle.

Whalen said both pistols had been tampered with in an attempt to hide the serial numbers on the gun.

The affidavit then shows that Summerlin yelled at officer Blackwell who opened the patrol car door.

Summerlin stated that the would take responsibility for the guns and drugs and that the guns were for the protection of his family.

“Summerlin began to beg his way out of the charges. He asked if there was any way the dope could come up missing and he was advised no,” the affidavit continues.

Additional baggies were found inside the vehicle. The clear crystals were field-tested using a Sirchie Test Kit which showed them to be crystal methamphetamine.

Summerlin appeared for his arraignment in Mayes County District Court via video conference from the county jail.

Summerlin was read his charges; feloniously pointing a firearm, committing a felony with a defaced firearm, possession of methamphetamine, interference with an emergency phone call, possession of a firearm all after three prior felony convictions.

Summerlin was advised that the majority of his charges carry no less than four years and no more than a life sentence in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill requested that Summerlin be held without bond. The court denied the request, so Hill requested a $1 million bond. She stipulated that should Summerlin make bond, the state would request that he be required to wear an ankle monitor and that a curfew be enforced.

Summerlin was remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail and his case was set on the preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 14.

Summerlin has prior felonies in Mayes County that include injury of a minor child-child, beating; endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and  transporting a loaded firearm.