First Defendant Gets Life In Murder Of Disabled Talala Man


Friday, May 27th 2016, 11:26 am
By: News On 6


A judge sentenced a defendant to life in the murder of a disabled Talala man.

The jury convicted Vernon Smith Thursday night in the murder of Chazz Holly. It recommended a life sentence. Smith then told the judge he wanted to be sentenced immediately so the judge sentenced him to life in prison.

Holly, 27, was missing for weeks before his body was found along a highway south of Antlers on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Tulsa Police arrested Smith, 27, the next day.

7/22/2015: Related Story: Report: Suspect Details Death Of Missing Talala Man

Holly had cerebral palsy and other health issues. He disappeared with his father's pickup when his parents took a short vacation in June of 2015. 

According to an arrest report, police believe Holly died on Sunday, June 21, 2015, after Smith and another suspect tied him up and put him in the back of the truck and drove around Tulsa for several hours in the heat.

William Garrett, James Jones and Sidney Randall also face 1st-degree murder charges in the case. 

12/3/2015: Related Story: Fourth Suspect Arrested In Murder Of Disabled Talala Man