Prosecutor seeks death penalty for accused killer

Thursday, November 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) -- A Creek County prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty for a 19-year-old Oilton man who has confessed to killing a 7-year-old girl.

District Attorney Max Cook called for "punishment by death" in a bill of particulars filed Wednesday as Robert Wayne Rotramel was being formally arraigned in the county courthouse.

Rotramel is charged with killing Kristi Blevins, 7, and raping her 12-year-old playmate in Oilton on Aug. 19.

Rotramel was dressed in orange jail coveralls and handcuffed when District Judge Joe Sam Vassar asked for his plea on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, two counts of kidnapping, lewd molestation and forcible sodomy.

Attorney Craig Corgan said his client "stands mute" to the charges. Vassar entered a plea of innocent on Rotramel's behalf and set a trial date of April 9.

According to affidavits, Rotramel told investigators he took the two girls from a yard where they were playing and led them into a vacant house where he committed the crimes.

The bill of particulars filed by Cook said Rotramel should be punished by death because he committed the crime of kidnapping before the murder and the rape.

"Kristi Blevins was strangled and did feel physical pain and did suffer extreme mental anguish prior to her death," the document states.

Cook also outlined the "existence of probability that the defendant would commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society."

Cited were cases against Rotramel when he was a juvenile. They include a 1987 arson case in which Rotramel was accused of setting a car on fire; a 1992 assault and battery case in which he was accused of having stabbed a person with a butcher knife; a 1993 forcible sodomy case; and another arson case in 1994 in which Rotramel was accused of setting fire to an Oilton residence.