Charges filed in the murder of Pawnee County Sheriff

Monday, February 9th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The widow of an Oklahoma Sheriff gunned down more than 2 years ago says she's thankful charges have been filed in the case.

The News on 6 was the first to tell you Friday that charges had been filed against 37-year-old James Taylor [pictured-left] and 25-year-old Justin Walker [pictured-right]. They're accused of killing Sheriff Dwight Woodrell in October 2001.

Woodrell was killed as he went to check on something suspicious at a drilling company. He called for back-up, but was killed by the time help arrived. Woodrell's wife Karen says she and her husband had just celebrated their 12-year anniversary when the shooting happened.

She says she's thankful the people responsible are behind bars. "I want a conviction. I want to see a punishment as much as the law will allow and if that includes the death penalty that's what I want to see."

Authorities say Taylor and Walker were named suspects early in the investigation. But they wanted to interview and rule out other suspects. Prosecutors say they will ask for the death penalty.