CD)-- A first-degree murder charge filed against a Ringwood man nearly three years ago when he was a teenager has been dismissed. According to Enid News and Eagle, on Monday District Attorney Chris Boring filed a motion for dismissal “in the interest of justice” in the case of 19-year-old Landon Michael Miller, who was charged with fatally shooting his stepfather, Kristan Newton on May 3, 2020 during an altercation. Miller appeared in court Tuesday, which had been scheduled as the day of his pretrial, where District Judge Justin Eilers granted the state’s motion to dismiss without costs, and Miller’s bond order was exonerated. Miller was charged with one count of first-degree murder-deliberate intent in May 2020, when he was 16 years old. He entered a plea of not guilty after be bound over for trial as an adult. Multiple motion hearings, bond appearances and statuses were held before a four-day jury trial was scheduled to begin in April before Tuesday’s dismissal.
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A)-- People 60 years of age or older will have the opportunity to receive free legal aid advice and counseling locally next week. Long Term Care Authority of Enid Area Agency on Aging will have an informative presentation at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 23 at RSVP Senior Center, 202 W. Walnut, on senior aging documents. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, will be available at the event to answer questions about preparing a will and power of attorney, as well as many other topics. Additionally there will be information about services LTCA of Enid AAA offers locally. The event is free to the public.
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PE)--The defense is seeking dismissal of Major County prosecutors in a felony case against a former Fairview City Council member. Enid News and Eagle reports the motion filed earlier this month asks the Major County Judge to disqualify the District Attorney’s Office of the Fourth Judicial District and/or the Assistant District Attorney Phillip Fletcher in the case against defendant William Shane Bode. Felony charges were filed against Bode in August 2022 including two counts of embezzlement and two counts of concealing stolen property. Bode reportedly two transformers to a rural electric company for $60,000 because a plan to facilitate a new marijuana grow facility near Fairview had fallen through and the transformers were not used. Bode and his attorney, Eddie Wyant, accuse Fletcher of violating the rules of professional conduct and making himself a potential witness for the defense. The defense filed a lengthy motion to dismiss based on numerous complaints against Fletcher. Wyant alleged Fletcher’s wife contacted another of his clients, former Fairview City Manager Jerry Eubanks and discussed the allegations against Bode. Eubanks also is facing two felony charges of embezzlement.
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BC)--The 4th Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) will hold an awareness benefit concert on Saturday, March 18, at Settlers Brewing Company featuring Nashville artist Jake Gill. The 4th Judicial District CASA is a nonprofit organization that walks side by side with a child when they are removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. The group is seeking sponsors and monetary tax deductible donations to cover the cost of the Rock for a Cause event. The $500 title sponsor will get title event naming rights, VIP seating for six and a sponsor mention in all media. A $100 table sponsor receives VIP seating for six and sponsor mention in all media. A $50 sponsor receives sponsor mention in all media. Admission to the concert is free, and door prizes will be offered. To sponsor, contact (580) 242-1153.