The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

October 24, 2013

Witnesses appear nervous; some have trouble recalling previous testimony

NORMAN — Prosecutors continued calling witnesses to the stand Wednesday morning during the third day of former OU professor of social work Dwain Pellebon’s jury trial in Cleveland County District Court.

Pellebon, 56, was charged in 2011 with sexual abuse. Original charges were amended during a June 22, 2012, preliminary hearing, and the state now pursues three counts of child sex abuse and six counts of lewd or indecent proposals to children.

The last witness of the day gave the lengthiest testimony, and with quite a bit of uncertainty. The female teenage witness was questioned by the prosecution and defense about two different incidents she witnessed after staying the night at the Pellebon home.

A friend of Pellebon’s stepdaughter, the witness testified that she woke one morning after a sleepover in the stepdaughter’s room to see Pellebon stroking her friend’s arm who was asleep on a futon.

The witness nervously swiveled in her chair and was repeatedly asked to speak louder as she answered questions. When describing what part of her friend’s body she saw Pellebon stroking, she gave different descriptions to the prosecution and defense and throughout her testimony said she could not remember.

The witness told defense attorney Jacquelyn Ford that she was angry for being asked the same questions repeatedly and did not want to be in the courtroom.

Finally, the witness said she felt differently about Pellebon than she did when the incident occurred and that now she loved him as a friend.

The father of Tuesday’s 10-year-old female witness took the stand first and answered questions from both prosecuting and defense attorneys, telling them how his family’s relationship with the Pellebon family developed and which of Pellebon’s actions made him uncomfortable, such as asking to be called his daughter’s uncle and coming over to his home uninvited.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • Senate advances domestic violence measure

    The state Senate has unanimously approved House Bill 2526, legislation intended to address Oklahoma’s domestic violence crisis. Authored by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Kay Floyd, the proposal creates a series of research-based questions that ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Raymond Peter Garcia, 56, possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing an ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Michelle Walker to serve prison time for 20 felony charges

    A Noble woman was convicted of 20 felony charges relating to child sex abuse Monday in Cleveland County District Court....

    April 22, 2014

  • Norman officer training Alaska officials with violence awareness programs

    Programs developed by a local Norman police officer to help empower women and educate men have been taken across the country this week to benefit individuals in Alaska....

    April 22, 2014

  • Clubhouse honors undersheriff

    Thunderbird Clubhouse recently honored Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett for his contributions to the organization and community. Executive Director Pam Sanford presented Burnett with the Volunteer of the Year award at the ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Sunday: · 12:50 a.m. residential fire, 1400 block of Lindale Avenue · 2:53 a.m. fraud, 2500 block of Classen Boulevard · 3:41 a.m. burglary in progress, 200 block of East ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Cerina Lynn Crespo, 30, possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia · Iketcha ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Two homes engulfed in flame

    Norman firefighters responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning to find two homes engulfed in flames. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said crews performed searches on both structures, but found no occupants in the homes at 1412 and ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Police arrest man connected to homicide

    Norman Police have arrested Abid Sandhu, 37 years old, of Norman, on a complaint of Murder in the First Degree. Formal charges have yet to be filed. At approximately 3:35 a.m. Saturday, the Norman Police Communications Center received a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014