OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a man who they say admitted to driving a car into a disputed Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building, smashing it to pieces.
Secret Service agent David Allison says the man was detained Friday after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president.
Allison says the man admitted to destroying the monument and claimed Satan told him to do it.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma court has rescheduled the execution dates of three death row inmates until 2015 after the state said they needed more time to secure the necessary drugs and train the execution team on new protocols.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution date for Charles Warner to Jan. 15, Richard Eugene Glossip to Jan. 29, and John Marion Grant to Feb. 19. The court also on Friday set the execution date for a fourth inmate — Benjamin Robert Cole — on March 5.
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma inmate attacked his attorney with a razorblade moments before he was to be sentenced in the killings of two young girls and his fiancee.
District Attorney Max Cook says Kevin Sweat somehow smuggled the weapon into the courthouse in Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City. He says the attorney only suffered "slight" wounds to the neck in Friday's attack and that he wasn't taken to a hospital.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The governing board of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System has selected a longtime attorney as its new executive director.
The board of trustees for OPERS on Thursday named Joseph Fox as its new executive director effective Nov. 1. Fox is the longtime general counsel for OPERS and has been serving as interim executive director.
Fox is filling a vacancy left after Tom Spencer resigned to become the director of the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System.
Fox previously served as legal counsel for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe.
The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes as any other Oklahoman for a tag.