Defendant Enters No Contest Plea In Slaying

Monday, March 19th 2007, 10:34 am
By: News On 6

A man accused of the first degree murder of a Tulsa bar owner has taken a plea deal. On Monday Terry Badgwell pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Shawn Howard. Badgwell also pleaded no contest to an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon complaint for an attack on Josh Martin.

Assistant District Attorney Ray Hasselman recommended Badgwell serve a 10-year prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for April 23rd.

Badgwell was arrested in June 2004 following a confrontation with Howard and Martin outside a Tulsa bar, said officials. During the argument Howard allegedly hit Badgwell while wearing brass knuckles. Badgwell’s attorney says after his client was punched he grabbed a metal pipe to defend himself. Howard was hit in the head by the pipe, officials said; he later died of his injuries.

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris initially decided Badgwell was acting in self-defense and no charges were filed, but Howard's family circulated a petition calling for a grand jury to investigate, which led to the criminal charges.

Related Stories:

6/24/2004 Assault At Downtown Tulsa Bar Sends Two To The Hospital

7/1/2004 Homeless Man Will Not Be Charged Over The Death Of A Tulsa Man

9/14/2004 Signature Drive Continues For Grand Jury Investigation Into Tulsa Man's Death

9/27/2004 Signatures Gathered For Renewed Look Into Downtown Tulsa Death

12/8/2004 Tulsa County Grand Jury Indicts Homeless Man For The Murder Of A Business Owner

2/22/2005 Court Hearing Date Set For Murder Suspect Terry Badgwell

3/28/2005 Trial Ordered In Tulsa Beating Death

6/4/2005 Murder Trial Scheduled In Beating Of Tulsa Bar Owner