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August 15, 2013

U.S. grand jury indicts man in three slayings

MUSKOGEE — A federal grand jury has returned three murder indictments against a former Oklahoma death row inmate whose state murder convictions and death sentences were overturned by a federal appeals court, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Mark Green said David Brian Magnan, 51, of McAlester, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Muskogee with three counts of murder in Indian country.

Magnan is accused in the March 2, 2004, shooting deaths of James Howard, Karen Wolf and Lucilla McGirt on an Indian allotment in Seminole County. He pleaded guilty in state court in 2004 to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of shooting with intent to kill in a shooting spree that left three dead and one injured.

Magnan was sentenced to death on each murder count and received a life sentence on the remaining count. All the victims except one were members of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

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