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Last Of Trio Answers For Nieman Murder
By C. F. David, Special Correspondent / Blake Wells, Editor
Timothy Dees, 25, the last of three men to answer for the June 12, 2013, murder of Charles Cecil Neiman, appeared in the Cimarron County Courthouse on Tuesday. Dees, pulled the trigger, taking Neiman’s life. The three were charged with Murder in the First Degree. The crime is punishable by death, imprisonment for life or imprisonment for life without parole. Neiman, 78, of Alva, was shot to death in the parking lot of the Loaf and Jug, (Now Toot-n-Totem) as he was assisting his wife from their pickup truck. According to a news report in the June 14, 2013, The Boise City News, the Neimans had pulled into the lot and parked parallel to the store. Mr. Neiman was on the passenger side of the truck when he was, according to witnesses, approached by a then unknown man demanding money. Neiman either failing to comply or not understanding the demand was then shot twice, once in the head and another in the chest, with a large caliber handgun. The shooter then ran west down an alley. Camera footage indicated the shooter had arrived in a dark colored GM, extended cab truck, with possibly two other occupants. It was assumed the truck had fled the city in an unknown direction. Boise City Police Chief Nathan Cobb asked and received help from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. A reward of $5,000 was posted. The case went cold. However, with the formation of an OSBI Cold Case Squad, and with new technology available, the three men were later apprehended. According to an OSBI, press release and Director Rick Adams, the Cold Case Squad consists of agents, analysts, and scientists. According to the press release, in the Neiman case, the Cold Case Squad realized there had been an upgrade in the technology comparing bullet and shell casings to a national database. Criminalist Kate Millar explained that the upgrade allowed 3D analysis of shell fragments that was previously not possible. This meant that there was evidence that could be retested, this, lead to the initial lead in the investigation. Already arrested and sentenced are the two occupants of the getaway vehicle, Jeremy Scott, 33, and Zachery Wilson, 29. Scott and Wilson pleaded guilty and received life sentences, Scott had all, but 35 years suspended and Wilson, all but 25 suspended. The diminutive Dees, cuffed, and wearing prison orange, sat quietly in a chair, as the proceedings unfolded around him. District Judge Jon K. Parsley entered, and the attendees stood and then were seated as he took the bench. Dees attorney, Vonda Wilkins placed a comforting hand on his back as the proceedings began. Judge Parsley inquired of Wilkins and ADA Buddy Leach if a plea agreement had been reached, they both replied in the affirmative. He then inquired of Dees if he understood the charges and the plea agreement, Dees answered in the affirmative. The judge then inquired of Wilkens if she felt he was competent to understand, she replied in the affirmative. He then asked Dees if he understood that pleading to a life sentence this meant he must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, which meant a minimum of 45 years. Dees answered yes. Judge Parsley then explained to Dees that by taking the plea he was giving up certain rights including a trial by jury and offered him 48 hours before surrendering those rights. Dees waived the offer of 48 hours, stood and pled guilty. Dees then waived an offer of 24 hours before hearing his sentence, and a pre-sentencing investigation. The judge then inquired of Neiman’s family if they too agreed to the plea, they answered in the affirmative. Wilkins then stood and informed the court that Dees had a letter to read to the court. Judge Parsley asked ADA Leach if he had read said letter and found it suitable to be read to the court. Leach answered in the affirmative. Dees then read a letter of apology, admitting and accepting his guilt. Parsley then informed Dees that he had 10 days if he wished to appeal the proceedings, and that those 10 days would be in the Guymon, Okla. Facility near his attorney. With that, 16 minutes after starting, Judge Parsley gaveled the proceeding to a close.
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Protecting the rights of rural Oklahomans
By Rep. Casey Murdock
Rural Oklahoma is losing legislative seats because of population shifts to urban areas, but rural interests still must be protected.
One such interest is farming. Small family farms in rural areas make up the bulk of farming operations in Oklahoma. They put bread, milk, eggs, vegetables and more on our tables. They do business the way their families have done business for generations. Yet, some organizations, such as the Human Society of the United States (HSUS), want to add legislation onto the small farmer that makes it incredibly hard to maintain this profession that has been the backbone of rural society since God planted a garden in Eden.
Small, rural farmers have a harder time absorbing new regulations than corporate farms that have greater flexibility in adapting.
There are many examples from around the country of excessive regulations and the potential they have to hurt the Oklahoma farmer.
Take for example the California egg market. An article in Modern Farmer explains the problem. For years, the HSUS has pushed for California egg farmers to build “bigger, kinder cages for egg-laying hens.”
In 2008, California voters passed a law to meet the requirements. But then, California lawmakers realized the fly in the ointment: the law put their state egg farmers at a disadvantage. They had to absorb the prohibitive cost of upgrading all of their facilities while out-of-state producers weren’t burdened by the same regulations, allowing them to sell eggs in the state at a cheaper price.
In order to keep California egg farmers in business, the law was expanded to cover all eggs sold in the state and later a federal judge decided producers from other states had to comply. So now, egg producers around the country are scrambling to rebuild facilities to supply the eggs from 20 million chickens that Californians eat each day. The result: a possible egg shortage in California and higher prices while other markets face oversaturation and depressed prices. As one person quoted in this article points out, this leaves the farmer in a world of hurt.
This is just one examples of overregulation that has the potential to hurt family farmers.
HSUS has been marching across the county pushing their agenda one state at a time. We have to stop them here in Oklahoma. Agriculture is one of the main drivers of our economy and we have to insure that our farmers and ranchers are allowed to use the practices that have made them successful for generations.
The bottom line is this is an issue of freedom. The government doesn’t need to intervene in our daily lives with excessive regulations. As long as I’m at the state Capitol, I’ll fight against this kind of overreach.
Butch Azar will be walking thru Boise City today (April 8) from Clayton, NM to Guymon, OK.
“Hi my name is Butch Azar, and I am a 68 year old Grandfather, and I will be walking 2,678 miles with the “US” Liberty Stick in hand, from Seal Beach California to the Vietnam Wall, and the Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C.” http://us.libertystick.org/
It was just announced that the Panhandle Regional Economic Development Coalition (PREDCI) will open an office in the PTCI facilities in Boise City. A PREDCI representative will be in Boise City the first Thursday of each month starting April 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Micheal Shannon, Executive Director released a statement saying “I want to invite everyone to drop by to visit, ask questions, and most of all communicate to PREDCI on how we can help with betterment of Cimarron County, through economic develop issues.” PREDCI was founded to help communities in the Oklahoma Panhandle with economic development efforts through marketing, working with existing businesses, organizing community and county volunteers for economic development purposes and representing the region to groups interested in the economic vitality. Shannon stated “A strong coalition of businesses and communities support PREDCI and I am ready to put together a dynamic direction for Cimarron County.”
Micheal Shannon, Executive Director would also like to thank PTCI for the office space.