Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Assaulting, Killing Tulsa Woman

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 10:41 pm

By: News On 6

A jury was seated and opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of man accused of killing an elderly Tulsa woman and sexually assaulting her.

Tyrone Woodfork, 22, is on trial for the murder of 85-year-old Nancy Strait two years ago.

It took a day and a half for lawyers to agree on a jury but five women and eight men will decide Woodfork's fate.

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The victim's daughter said she has been waiting a long time for this day to come.

It's been two years, two months and six days since Woodfork was accused of kicking in the door to the couple's Tulsa home, beating them both and raping Strait.

Throughout the day, Woodfork wrote notes to his attorney and didn't react much. If Woodfork is convicted the he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

When the charges were explained to the jury, the Straight's family members were visibly shaken; one woman broke down in tears.

Jurors were told to expect the prosecution to call about 20 witnesses from 100 possible witnesses.

Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday.


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