OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmakers to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The state's highest court handed down the decision Monday, a week after attorneys for drugmakers and the state made oral presentations on the request to delay the trial's scheduled May 28 start. Drugmakers had said they need more time to prepare.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Testimony has begun in the attempted murder-for-hire trial of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor. Testimony began Monday in the trial of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who was indicted in September for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary. He has pleaded not guilty. He is also accused of killing five tigers in October 2017 and selling and offering to sell tiger cubs in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Council is planning to vote on whether to approve a $25,000 settlement for an excessive force lawsuit against a former Oklahoma City police officer. The Oklahoman reports that the council will vote Tuesday on the proposed settlement between the city, ex-police officer Daniel Holtzclaw and plaintiff Demetria Campbell. Campbell alleges that Holtzclaw slammed her against a brick wall in 2013 while on police duty. Holtzclaw is serving a 236-year sentence for rape and other crimes.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Police in Tulsa say they've arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a homeowner. Authorities say Anthony Ahaisse was taken into custody early Saturday following a high-speed pursuit. Tulsa County Jail records indicate Ahaisse was being held Sunday on complaints of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony, first-degree burglary and felony eluding.
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