News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Oklahoma City says the spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border and who has been jailed on charges that he impersonated a federal agent can be released from custody to a halfway house. U.S. Magistrate Judge Shon Erwin on Tuesday ordered 44-year-old James Christopher Benvie of Albany, Minnesota, released to a halfway house in Las Cruces, New Mexico, once authorities find a place for him. Prosecutors had alleged Benvie was a flight risk.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A member of the Oklahoma City School Board has obtained a court order preventing the board from discussing his conduct. The Oklahoman reports that board member Charles Henry obtained a temporary restraining order against board Chairwoman Paula Lewis to prevent the board from discussing Henry's conduct at a meeting Monday night. The meeting agenda included a private discussion about possible discipline against Henry but cited no specific violations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to death for a fatal stabbing during an Oklahoma City robbery nearly 20 years ago. Attorneys for 39-year-old Tremane Wood argued in the appeal that he received ineffective legal assistance during his trial over the 2001 killing of Ronald Wimpf. The high court denied Wood's appeal Monday.
HONOLULU (AP) - All 11 people on board a skydiving plane died when it crashed and burned at a small airfield north of Honolulu last week. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has identified seven victims. Family members have confirmed the deaths of two others.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.