D'Angelo Ladon Burgess

D'Angelo Ladon Burgess

A status hearing for a man charged in connection with the first-degree murder of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer is set for this week.

D’Angelo Ladon Burgess’ pre-trial conference, which will determine whether the case needs to go to trial, is scheduled for Friday. His trial is slated to begin in March.

Burgess, 29, of Oklahoma City, is charged in connection with the death of OHP Lt. Donald Heath Meyer. Burgess allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit in 2017 that resulted in Meyer’s death. In addition to the murder charge, Burgess faces charges of endangering others while eluding law enforcement, possessing marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 14, 2017, OHP Trooper Rodney Rideaux pulled Burgess over for following another vehicle too closely, according to Cleveland County District Court documents.

After telling Rideaux he did not have a driver’s license, Burgess fled down Interstate 35, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, a court affidavit read. A pursuit ensued toward I-35 and NW 27th Street in Moore.

Meyer had set up spike strips, or stop sticks, but Burgess avoided the spike strips and continued northbound on I-35.

Rideaux and Clint Painter attempted to do the same but collided in the process, causing Painter’s cruiser to strike Meyer while he was outside his vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Oklahoma court records show that Burgess is being held on $5 million bail.

Feb. 11

A 29-year-old Maysville man facing charges of domestic assault and battery and kidnapping is set to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Claud Dale Kelly is scheduled to appear before Judge Lori Puckett, where the state will have to show probable cause that Kelly’s case should continue making its way through the court system.

In addition to the assault and kidnapping charges, Kelly faces a charge of interfering with an emergency telephone call.

Oklahoma court records show Kelly posted $35,000 bond in June.

Feb. 13

On Wednesday, 46-year-old Jody Lynn Hendricks, of Oklahoma City, is set to appear in court to be arraigned for child sexual assault charges.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed two lewd molestation/indecent proposal with a child under 12 charges and a buying/procuring/possessing child pornography charge against Hendricks in August.

Hendricks is scheduled to appear before Judge Thad Balkman, where she will make her initial plea.

Oklahoma court records show Hendricks posted $50,000 bond in October.

Jacob McGuire is the Crime and Courts reporter for The Norman Transcript. McGuire is currently pursuing his MPA at the University of Oklahoma.