AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Timothy McVeigh considered the Oklahoma City bombing a failure because he left the building standing and once suggested the government should pay his defense attorneys $800,000.
Documents revealing those things are among the more than 1 million pages the convicted bomber's former lawyer donated to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas. The school began assembling the collection in 1998 but it only became fully organized late last year.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Protesters have called for Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz to resign over how he has handled the case of a 73-year-old reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect while the unarmed man was being held down by two others.
At least 200 people gathered late Friday near the county courthouse to protest the April 2 death of Eric Harris by the volunteer deputy, Robert Bates. Protesters then marched to the sheriff's office, calling on Glanz to step down.
A spokesman for the sheriff's office declined to comment Friday on the calls for Glanz's resignation.
A bill giving Oklahoma another option for executions is signed into law.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1879 today. It allows the state to execute prisoners through nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or becomes unavailable.
The execution would be performed by placing a mask over the prisoner's face or a bag over the prisoner's head and administering nitrogen gas until he or she loses consciousness and dies from a lack of oxygen.
Tulsa’s city council approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the fair housing ordinance.
Councilor Blake Ewing sparred with one speaker who opposed the move on religious grounds but identified housing as one of our most basic needs.
"So, in consideration of that, if someone's track record of sin is now a qualifier or disqualifier of whether they should be approved for housing, then none of us should be approved for housing," Ewing said.
Dozens of Booker T. Washington High School students took a vow of silence for the day.
They participated in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.
"It's kind of like a silent protest ... for, like, reverence to the people who are actually silenced by people constantly harassing them, people having to hide who they are, people who — people who aren't safe to be themselves," said senior Logann Little.
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma.
A Stephens County jury found Chancey Allen Luna guilty on Friday of killing 22-year-old Christopher Lane by shooting him in the back in August 2013 while Lane was jogging in Duncan. The jury recommended that Luna be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa has countered criticism of his qualifications.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC's "Today" show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor paying to join the force are "unbelievably unfair."
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has asked a federal court to temporarily block the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino in Oklahoma into southeast Kansas.
The request for a preliminary injunction filed Thursday contends the state will suffer irreparable harm if the tribe's casino goes forward. It notes the tribe has already moved in construction equipment.
The state says it is considering proposals for a southeast gaming casino and the tribe's competition lowers the value of the state's facility.