News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Grammy-winning rock band Kings of Leon will help Oklahoma City open its new downtown park with a free concert. Mayor David Holt announced Wednesday that the band whose members once lived in Oklahoma City will perform Sept. 27 as headliners in a three-day event at Scissortail Park. Kings of Leon tweeted that fans in their home state should expect a "show to remember." The $132 million park is a centerpiece of Oklahoma City's downtown revitalization.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma prosecutors have dismissed felony charges against a former Canadian Football League player after a key witness failed to appear for a preliminary hearing. The Oklahoman reports prosecutors dismissed the case Tuesday against 27-year-old Roy Finch, who was charged in January with kidnapping and domestic abuse. Finch is charged in a separate felony case with assault and battery upon a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. That case is pending.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma is wrapping up its case against Johnson & Johnson in which the state alleges the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries helped fuel the deadly opioid crisis. Attorneys for the state on Wednesday continued questioning Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Director Terri White. She is the state's final witness. Oklahoma alleges opioid drug makers caused a public nuisance in Oklahoma by promoting widespread use of the highly addictive drugs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police in Oklahoma City say a man accused of abuse and neglect of his 85-year-old mother earlier this month now faces a murder charge since she has died. Oklahoma County Jail records indicate that 54-year-old Carlton Leroy Nault was being held on second-degree murder and other complaints Wednesday following the death of his mother, Mari Miller. Court records don't say whether Nault has a lawyer. Officials say Miller died Tuesday from injuries because of long-term abuse and neglect.
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