The Norman Transcript


June 10, 2014

Jurors expected to deliberate in murder trial



Yacoub was questioned about each injury found on Strozewski’s body, which ranged from cuts and abrasions to deep stab penetrations upon external examination. During internal examination, she also found fractures on a portion of the victim’s Adam’s apple and two ribs.

There were also several organs injured, including two stab wounds to the right lung, five stab wounds to the diaphragm, nine stab wounds to the liver and a stab wound to the spleen. Strozewski’s kidney had been surgically removed, so she said she could not testify as to whether it had sustained injuries, and there was also a suture in his colon, which may have sustained a stab wound injury, she said.

The length of the wounds ranged from a little less than an inch to a little less than two inches, and the depth of the wounds ranged from less than a half-inch to four inches, she said.

Yacoub counted 41 entry wounds to the body, but only 38 qualified as stab wounds. The other three wounds were not deep enough to qualify as stab wounds because they were not deeper than the length of the injury on the skin’s surface, she said.

The pathologist also was shown the serrated knife found in Strozewski’s downstairs bathroom, which she said could have caused the injuries. The injury patterns on the victim’s body were consistent with the patterns the knife could have left.

Yacoub ruled Strozewski’s cause of death to be multiple stab wounds and manner of death to be homicide.

The trial will be in recess until 9 a.m. today in Balkman’s courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse.


Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Casey Dawn Sanders, 37, obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud · Amiremad Nayebyazdi, ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Woman charged after Sunday shooting A Norman woman was charged after shooting several rounds toward a residence Sunday. When officers found her, she exhibited signs of intoxication and had drugs on her, records show. Teresa Renee Haas, ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Body 1 Police identify woman found dead Monday

    Norman police have identified a woman found dead in her home at 2202 Donna Drive Monday afternoon. Police responded at 1:25 p.m. to the residence of Cassandra Thompson, 30, after receiving a report that she had not shown up for work ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman arrested for allegedly bringing gun into courthouse

    Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Norman woman Friday after she allegedly brought a loaded handgun to the Cleveland County Courthouse. Cynthia Bodnar, 52, of Norman, entered the courthouse through the east entrance shortly ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Man in critical condition after being pinned in wreck

    A Norman man remained in critical condition Monday after a single-vehicle wreck around 10:15 p.m. Sunday at 1100 80th Ave. SE. Norman police believe Justin Davis, 33, was intoxicated when he got tangled in his vehicle and pinned....

    July 29, 2014

  • Teen dies after drowning incident

    After rescue attempts by Good Samaritans and medical crews, Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed that a Yukon teen died at 5:50 a.m. Monday after a drowning incident Sunday at Lake Thunderbird....

    July 29, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Sunday: · 12:07 a.m. vandalism, 700 block of Asp Avenue · 1:29 a.m. larceny report, 300 block of North Interstate Drive East · 2:50 a.m. larceny report, 300 block of North ...

    July 29, 2014