News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed the death sentence of an Oklahoma man convicted of beating his girlfriend with a hammer and then then setting a fire that killed her and her infant daughter. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal handed down the decision Tuesday to 34-year-old Raymond Johnson, who was convicted by a Tulsa County jury of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the 2007 deaths of 24-year-old Brooke Whitaker and 7-month-old daughter Kya.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Authorities say the two people killed in the crash of a twin-engine jet near Oklahoma City were both pilots. The Oklahoma medical examiner's office on Tuesday said 60-year-old Doug Durning was dead at the scene of the crash at Sundance Airport and 43-year Britton Lee died later at a hospital. The aircraft was returning from a flight to Panama City, Florida, when it crashed Monday afternoon at the airport in Canadian County on the northwestern edge of Oklahoma City.
NOWATA, Okla. (AP) - Nowata County's sheriff and undersheriff, and more than half of their deputies have resigned over safety issues at the county jail. Sheriff Terry Barnett announced the resignations Monday. Barnett detailed multiple unresolved problems at the jail, including carbon monoxide leaks and involving exposed electrical wires. Barnett and Undersheriff Mark Kirschner say they quit because a judge pressured them to reopen the jail. Nowata County Associate District Judge Carl Gibson declined comment.
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a kidnapping suspect who escaped from a Missouri jail and an Oklahoma patrol car has been arrested in Missouri. The Sedalia Democrat reports that 30-year-old Travis Lee Davis was found early Tuesday trying to hide in the attic space of a detached garage. Sedalia Police Chief Matt Wirt says he tried to escape before he was arrested.
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