Wagoner County Jury Convicts Coweta Woman In Husband's Murder
WAGONER, Oklahoma - A jury convicted a Wagoner County woman charged with first degree murder in the shooting of her husband in February 2011.
The jury recommended life without parole for Patricia Burney, 52. Burney and her daughter, Michelle Burney, were arrested last year following the death of Arthur Burney, 53, near his barn near Coweta.
The daughter's charge was dropped and re-filed as a juvenile case in July 2011. She since has pleaded guilty and was one of the witnesses called by the state in Patricia Burney's trial.
According to court records, Michelle's boyfriend, Michael Richardson, 18, said Patricia and Michelle hired him to kill Arthur Burney for $6,000.
He is also charged with first degree murder. His next court appearance is April 3, 2012.
Arthur Burney's daughter told News On 6 his family is relieved by the verdict, but is still grieving his death.