The Norman Transcript

Headlines

March 8, 2013

15 child sex abuse charges added

NORMAN — A Noble woman had 15 additional child sex abuse charges filed against her after a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in Cleveland County District Court.

Michelle Danae Walker, 44, is now charged with a total of 20 criminal acts. Walker was part of a fugitive trio arrested in Vancouver, Wash., in August after search warrants for her home and a Moore couple’s home were issued in relation to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

The other two involved were Joseph and Danyale Siford.

Walker was originally charged in September with three counts of forcible oral sodomy, first-degree rape by instrumentation and the production of juvenile pornography.

Thursday morning, the charges were changed to the following: three counts of first degree rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation to a victim under the age of 14, four counts of prucuring child pornography, eight counts of lewd acts with a minor and one count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.

Walker’s attorney, Keith Nedwick, did not return a phone call to comment on the additional charges added Thursday morning.

Walker is bound over for trial, according to the DA’s office. Walker’s formal arraignment has been set for 2:30 p.m. March 28 in Cleveland County District Court.

Charges against the Sifords: A preliminary hearing for Joseph Siford, 40, also was set for Thursday morning in front of Special District Judge Michael Tupper. Siford waived his preliminary hearing and is bound over for trial on a waiver, according to the District Attorney’s office.

His trial is set for 8:30 a.m. May 9 in front of District Judge Tracy Schumacher.

Siford is currently facing nine charges, including four counts of first-degree rape by instrumentation, two counts of first-degree rape with a victim under the age of 14, two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 and one count of first-degree attempted rape.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Bombing museum gets tech boost

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the ...

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014

  • U.S. puts off pipeline decision

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely....

    April 19, 2014

  • Garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew set

    A garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew will start at 9 a.m. today at 1510 Melrose Drive....

    April 19, 2014

  • Sonic plans expansion

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said....

    April 19, 2014

  • Singing Sooners show set

    The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Singing Sooners Spring Show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jim Graves and Stephen Ziegler serve as directors for the group....

    April 19, 2014

  • Study: Half of jailed youths have injury

    NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of ...

    April 19, 2014