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October 15, 2012

Judge rules man accused in mother’s death insane

DURANT — A man accused in the grisly killing of his mother and the family’s dog has been found not guilty by reason of insanity and will be held in a mental institution.

Ian Harley Edmondson, 24, Durant, was charged in April 2010 with first-degree murder and animal cruelty after Durant Police said he used martial arts weapons to kill his mother, Francine Sue Bertis, 54, and also the family’s schnauzer, Abigail.

The Durant Daily Democrat reports a non-jury trial trial for Edmondson concluded Aug, 16. Bryan County District Judge Mark Campbell took the case under advisement rather than rule immediately.

Wednesday, Campbell issued a verdict that states it is undisputed that Edmondson killed his mother and their dog, however the evidence is clear beyond all doubt that he was insane at the time of the atrocities.

Therefore, Edmondson is not guilty by reason of insanity, however the court also ruled he is a danger to the public, so he was committed to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

Warrant issued for duck theft

DURANT — Authorities have issued a warrant for a 19-year-old man who is accused of stealing a duck from a child at the Bryan County Fair last month.

Police said Wednesday that a tip resulted in the case being solved.

James Thomas Richard Nelson is charged with larceny of domestic fowl and knowingly concealing stolen property. The Durant Daily Democrat reports the fowl was a grey call duck valued at $500.

An affidavit says the child’s mother told police the duck was put in a cage after being shown at the fair and was stolen by an unknown male about 15 minutes later. Investigators say they confronted Nelson, who acknowledged he took the duck.

Police recovered the animal and returned to its owner.

Police recruit killed in training

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police have identified a recruit killed in what the department says was a freak accident during a routine training exercise.

Police said Sunday that 38-year-old Kelley Chase suffered head trauma on Friday and that he died on Saturday.

The Oklahoman reports that the accident happened during a police academy training session in self-defense. An internal investigation into the accident and death is under way.

— AP

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