Victim's picture bill approved by the Oklahoma Senate

Wednesday, April 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Jurors in the Victor Miller trial in Tulsa County District Court won't see pictures of his two alleged victims during testimony this week. But a bill passed by the Oklahoma Senate could change that for future cases.

The "Krisite LeGrange" bill would allow jurors to view pictures of murder victims before they were killed. The director of Tulsa's Domestic Violence Intervention Services says those pictures have never been submitted in court because it could potentially bias the jury against the accused. Director of DVIS Legal Services, Marvin Gray, "They would look at the picture and see a bright child or person and happy smile and happy person and that would influence them more than looking at the evidence in the case."

The bill was named after Krisite LeGrange. She was an Oklahoma City mental counselor brutally beaten by her patient two years ago.

That measure now heads to the Oklahoma House.