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Jurors choose to spare life of man who killed 22-year-old Arkansas woman

Subscriber onlyA LeFlore County District Court jury had trouble Tuesday deciding on a sentence for convicted murderer Elvis Aaron Thacker but finally chose to spare him by recommending a life sentence. Continue reading...

Victim's mom tells jury she wants Thacker put to death

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury is expected to be called on today to decide if Elvis Aaron Thacker should be put to death or imprisoned for life for the brutal murder of a Fort Smith woman in 2010. Continue reading...

Guilty, Thacker jury says; death-or-life decision next

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury deliberated three hours Friday before convicting Elvis Aaron Thacker of first-degree murder and forcible oral sodomy in the Sept. 13, 2010, death of Briana Ault of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

Thacker's guilt, acquittal jurors only choices

Subscriber only Jurors in LeFlore County District Court in Oklahoma are expected to begin deliberating today in the first-degree murder and forcible sodomy trial of Elvis Aaron Thacker, accused of killing 22-year-old Briana Ault on Sept. 13, 2010. Continue reading...

Witness says police tortured Thacker, confessions in 2010 killing not backed up

Subscriber only Confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made in the 2010 murder of Briana Ault were unreliable because there was no physical evidence to verify them, a private criminologist retained by the defense team testified Wednesday. Continue reading...

Thackers' jail letters construed two ways

Defendant wrote 2 ‘were together’

Subscriber onlyJailhouse correspondence between an Arkansas man on trial for murder and his brother contained admissions that bolster the state of Oklahoma's theory that the brothers acted together in a 2010 killing. Continue reading...

Thacker trial witness says confession false

Psychologist: Pleasing mother a factor

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- Elvis Aaron Thacker falsely confessed to murdering Briana Ault, believing he would bring closure to her family and shield his brother who he now says committed the killing, a psychologist said. Continue reading...

Wasn't fit to confess, Thacker witness says

Abuse, head blows, gunshots all cited

Subscriber onlyA psychologist testified Friday that confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made that he murdered Briana Ault in 2010 were unreliable because of the state of his mental health and the circumstances under which he made the admissions. Continue reading...

Murder jury told of brothers' abuse

Wrong one accused, defense claims

Subscriber onlyWitnesses in the trial of a man accused of killing a Fort Smith woman began testifying Thursday in support of the defense theory that his brother committed the crime. Continue reading...

State rests in murder trial; Defense starts

Subscriber onlyElvis Thacker said he hoped Fort Smith police would kill him the night he was arrested in 2010 because he wanted to die for what he did to Briana Ault. Continue reading...

Murder case jurors see video of suspect's arrest

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Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- Jurors in Elvis Thacker's murder trial Monday watched a video showing the aftermath of his arrest in which he was shot after stabbing a Fort Smith police officer. Continue reading...

Lawman testifies of confession

Arkansan charged in woman’s killing said ‘I did it,’ jury told

Subscriber only A LeFlore County District Court jury Friday heard the confession of a Crawford County man on trial for the 2010 slashing murder of 22-year-old Briana Ault of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

Defense says killer is brother

On stand, sibling denies accusation

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- Killing Briana Ault was the fulfillment of a dream for Johnathen Thacker's sexual obsessions and his desire to be a serial killer, an attorney representing his brother in his LeFlore County District Court trial said Thursday. Continue reading...

Brother says razor wielded in Arkansas woman's slaying

On stand, he tells of brutal ’10 assault

Subscriber onlyA Crawford County man testified Wednesday in LeFlore County District Court that his brother killed a Fort Smith woman by slitting her throat after sodomizing her and forcing her to perform oral sex. Continue reading...

Poteau jury hears brother was the killer

Trial opens in murder of woman, 22

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansan's attorney putting up a trial defense regarding charges of first-degree murder and forcible sodomy told jurors Tuesday his client's brother cut the throat of Briana Ault and left her nude body in an Oklahoma pond 5 1/2 years ago. Continue reading...

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