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Crime/Courts

June 10, 2014

Jurors expected to deliberate in murder trial

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“There appeared to have been a vicious struggle,” Porter said, describing the bedroom Strozewski was found in.

One of the Oklahoma City police officers to first respond to the call, Mark Strickland, also testified Monday. Strickland and Officer Michael Knight responded to the call, which originally came in as a 911 hang-up, then a home invasion and then an assault.

Before they entered, Strickland said they could hear bursts of footsteps from what sounded like the upstairs portion of the two-story home. The front door was ajar and as they pushed it open, they called out to the female calling party, who was later identified as Strozewski’s 16-year-old daughter.

When she didn’t come down, dispatch informed officers that she was too scared to come down the stairs. About that time, they heard a burst of footsteps and a man with black, stringy hair came running down the stairs, Strickland said.

“He was wearing a white T-shirt and it was covered in blood,” he said.

The man appeared to be frightened and made eye contact with the officers. At that point, they were within six to eight feet of each other, Strickland said.

Both officers had their guns drawn and flashlights pointed at the man, who paused before making a U-turn at the bottom of the staircase toward the back of the house. Strickland told Knight to cover the back to try to contain the man, but then he saw the suspect come back toward the front, taking a few steps into the hallway.

Strickland said he then yelled for Knight to come to the front, at which point the suspect ran to the back again. He said he believed the suspect exited through the back door and as the officers made their way to the backyard, they heard what they believed to be a chain link fence rattling, leaves rustling and sticks cracking, most likely from the suspect fleeing.

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