TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa County authorities have arrested a fifth person and are seeking two more in the December killing of a white supremacist prison gang member. A Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman says 39-year-old Billy Shawn Griffith was arrested Wednesday night. He's one of seven people charged with first-degree murder for the gang-related killing last month of 23-year-old Jared Langworthy. Roebuck says two of the suspects remain at large: 49-year-old Jerry Brian Williamson and 36-year-old Aaron Mitchell Welch. Roebuck says all of the suspects are members or associates of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Two former students have given Oklahoma State University one of its biggest donations ever, $50 million, which the school will spend on agriculture research and the construction of a new building. The contribution from alumni Kayleen and Larry Ferguson designates $25 million to the university’s agriculture college, which will be renamed Ferguson College of Agriculture. The other half will kick-start a fundraising campaign for the construction of the new agriculture college building on the Stillwater campus. The couple, who live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, met as students at the university in 1975.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The wrongful death trial has begun against a oilfield equipment contractor in connection with a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men in southeastern Oklahoma. The McAlester News-Capital reports that attorneys for the families of Parker Waldridge of Crescent; Matt Smith of McAlester; Roger Cunningham from Seminole; Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas; and Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado, said in opening statements Tuesday that National Oilwell Varco in primarily to blame for the men's deaths when the rig exploded in Quinton. NOV argues that another company working at the site was at fault.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A southwest Oklahoma man has been charged with murder and arson for a fire that killed his mother and sister. The Lawton Constitution reports that 36-year-old Carl Albert Johnson Jr. of Lawton was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder and arson in the November fire that led to the deaths of 59-year-old Carole Johnson and 37-year-old Cathy Johnson. Jail records show Carl Johnson is jailed on $750,000 bond and court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
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