Mayes County deputy testifies that the man he killed was ‘a friend,’ but had fired a gun at him before being shot

Also on Tuesday, Bridge’s widow, Janelle Bridges, testified that she did not hear her husband pick up or fire a weapon prior to Wilson shooting at him, and that she heard her husband come back inside the house prior to Wilson opening fire.
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Tulsa man’s 1991 murder conviction overturned by judge who said she was ‘appalled’ by prosecution’s tactics

After 28 years in prison, Corey Atchison heard the words he'd been waiting on for so long: "Mr. Atchison, you are a free man."
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Civil trial in fatal Mayes County deputy-involved shooting begins

The lawsuit against Deputy Kyle Wilson was filed more than four years ago and even reached the U.S. Supreme Court, though the high court declined to hear the case earlier this year.
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As state considers reducing offender court fees, officials ponder ways to keep victim compensation program afloat

Decreasing collections and efforts to reduce the state's court fees and costs have caused some officials to issue warnings about the future of the Oklahoma Victims Compensation Program.
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Oklahoma’s largest private prison plagued by gang violence and lockdowns

“What’s happening out there is just ugly,” Former Oklahoma DOC director Joe Allbaugh said. “There’s no other way to describe it."
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Majority of claims by sexual assault survivors to state crime victim program are denied, data shows

For non-white adult victims of sexual assault, denial rates by the Oklahoma Victims Compensation Program were even higher, according to the data.
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Trucker who died of pneumonia in Atoka Co. Jail told police he was sick, video shows

Michael James Hoeppner was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and died from pneumonia in jail. He had told an arresting officer — at least twice — that he was sick.
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Uncompensated Loss: Black families of murder victims more likely to be denied aid from state program

A state program can deny families victim aid if it is believed the victim contributed to their own death. The practice hits black families the most, data shows.
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Cell by Cell: Suspected of driving drunk, a long-haul trucker died in jail—but he actually had pneumonia

Michael Hoeppner wasn't high or drunk — just deathly ill. He died in an Oklahoma jail without medical treatment.
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Judge delays ruling on case to overturn decades-old murder conviction

While announcing the delay, Tulsa District Court Judge Sharon Holmes asked for patience and apologized to Corey Atchison for delaying her ruling.
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