Logan County deputies escorted a Guthrie man accused of murdering his employee and burying them under a septic tank to jail on Friday.
Logan County District Judge Susan Worthington revoked bond for Daniel Triplett, who prosecutors accuse of killing Brent Mack.
District Attorney Laura Thomas asked the court to revoke Triplett’s bond after she said Triplett visited a convenience store, a Waffle House, and a bank. Triplett’s bond conditions stated he could only travel outside his home to go to court or his attorney’s office.
“This man is not trustworthy,” Thomas said in court. “That bond should have never been granted… the community is scared to death.”
Katie Fry, an Oklahoma State Bank employee of 21 years, testified she recognized Triplett in the bank’s drive-thru and called authorities because she was aware of his bond conditions.
Triplett’s attorney, Ronald Wallace, argued to the judge that the trips did not warrant bond revocation.
Worthington said Triplett’s actions were “clear violations” of his bond. He was then escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs to the county jail.
Thomas told News 9 that a judge granting bond for a first-degree murder suspect is unprecedented.
In October, Triplett was charged with shooting Mack, his employee at the time, in the back while they installed a septic tank on a property near Crescent. Security camera footage allegedly shows Mack and Triplett entering a hole they dug for the tank, and only Triplett leaving.
OSBI investigators and Guthrie police officers found Mack’s body under the septic tank in October, about one month after Mack was reported missing.
A crowd of Mack’s family and friends celebrated the order.
Demario Solomon-Simmons, a civil rights attorney representing the family, said Triplett, a white man, briefly enjoyed undeserved privilege by being released before trial.
“(Triplett) was given a bond based upon a privilege of who he was, and yet he's so arrogant he couldn't even adhere to those rules because he believes he can do anything and get away with it,” Solomon-Simmons said.
Triplett is scheduled to be back in court on January 27 for a preliminary hearing.