Rebecca Bryan sentenced to
life without parole
Rebecca Bryan sat silently throughout the
35-minute sentencing Tuesday in El Reno, OK. Her attorney said she
still maintains she is innocent, and she still claims that an
intruder killed her husband.
By Nolan Clay - NewsOK.com
July 9, 2013
EL RENO — Despite her murder conviction,
Rebecca Bryan still claims she is innocent of the 2011 fatal
shooting of her husband, the Nichols Hills fire chief.
“What she had said early on of an intruder who
fired these shots is still her position,” her attorney, Gary
James, told a judge Tuesday at her sentencing. “She is an innocent
Canadian County District Judge Gary E. Miller
ordered the widow to serve a life term in prison without the
possibility of parole.
The judge refused Tuesday to suspend any of her
“The tragedy won't end for the family,” the
judge said. “I wish I could fix that. I can't.”
Bryan, 54, plans to appeal. The former real
estate agent sat silently throughout the 35-minute sentencing
She showed no emotion, even when a prosecutor
read out loud a statement from one of her two sons about how much
he misses his dad.
“I wish this would have never happened or there
was something I could have done to prevent it but I must face
reality & try to move forward,” Trent Bryan wrote.
“I miss my dad everyday and I miss the family I
once knew everyday.”
About the trial
A jury May 21 rejected Rebecca Bryan's claim of
an intruder and found her guilty of first-degree murder. Jurors
chose for her the harshest punishment possible in the case — life
in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
Keith Bryan was fatally shot inside their
Mustang home the night of Sept. 20, 2011. He died at the hospital
the next day. He was 52.
Keith and Rebecca Bryan had been married 33
Prosecutor Paul Hesse told the judge she
executed her husband without provocation, shooting him in the side
of the head with her own pistol as he relaxed on a couch watching
Her only reason “was to free herself from the
confines of her marriage,” the prosecutor said.
Rebecca Bryan had a brief extramarital affair
that ended in early 2010. Prosecutors put on evidence at the trial
she wanted to reunite with a former lover, Mark Holbrook, of Hugo.
The former lover testified at the trial that
she left a voice message for him hours before the shooting. In the
message, she said she still loved him, was about to get a large
inheritance and was thinking about buying a home in Hugo to be
near him, according to his testimony.
Another man, a real estate client, testified
she had sex with him at his home in McLoud on the day of the
shooting. While on the way to the hospital after the shooting, she
showed friends a cellphone photo of the man's penis, according to
One friend testified at the trial that she
admitted to having sex with a man she met at a bar in Texas four
days before the shooting.
She was arrested after the gun used in the
shooting and other evidence was found inside a clothes dryer at
In the victim impact statement, Trent Bryan
also wrote about his embarrassment over the revelations of his
“I have a hard time facing it most days,” Trent
Bryan wrote. “I am hopeful with time my dad will only be
remembered for the man he was and not for the details behind his
He wrote that he has been emotionally torn.
“I have struggled with knowing what the right
thing to do is, and I have been pulled in many directions,” he
wrote. “I have wanted to protect my mom from hurt & suffering but
at the same time I wanted justice for my dad & knew he deserved
He also wrote, “My 5-year-old son Jackson
frequently asks questions and I don't know how to respond or what
to say to him. I don't want him to forget his Pappy but at the
same time I want to avoid the question of where his grandma is and
why she is there.”
Rebecca Bryan did not testify at the trial.
Jurors did hear a recording of the interview she had with police
at the hospital a few hours after the shooting.
“We were quite in love,” she said in the
interview. “He's like the most amazing husband.”
After the sentencing Tuesday, the current
Nichols Hills fire chief said he was just glad the case is over.
“That's the main feeling,” Terry Hamilton said.
He said the tragedy brought Nichols Hills
“It has really made us closer as a fire
department,” Hamilton said. “The first three or four months were
real difficult. They were hard to cope with and deal with, with a
thousand things that we had to do, but we got through that.”
Rebecca Bryan guilty of
murdering her husband in 2011
Rebecca Bryan was convicted Tuesday of
murdering Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan in their Mustang
home. The jury recommended a sentence of life without parole.
By Bryan Dean - NewsOK.com
May 21, 2013
EL RENO — Rebecca Bryan shed no tears Tuesday
when jurors found her guilty of murdering her husband, just as
friends testified she didn't cry after he was shot in their
It took jurors about four hours to find Bryan,
54, guilty of killing Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan because
of her obsession with a former lover.
recommended a sentence of life without parole.
Bryan got a hug and an apology from her attorney, Gary James,
after the verdict was read.
Evidence found in
the dryer in her utility room — including her Ruger .380 LCP
pistol — convinced jurors her story of an intruder shooting Keith
Bryan for not hiring him was fiction.
went to the jury about 1 p.m. after both sides made their closing
statements. Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse focused on
inconsistencies in the story Rebecca Bryan gave investigators
after the shooting and her behavior both before and after Keith
The items found in the dryer were
the key evidence in the case. The gun, which was matched to the
bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan, a spent shell casing and a
left-handed rubber glove were found wrapped in a bullet-riddled
The gun was matched by serial number to
the gun box kept under her mattress. She was known to carry the
gun in her purse. The utility room was not on the path Rebecca
Bryan repeatedly said the killer took as he entered and exited the
She said she followed the intruder out her
garage door after he shot her husband and saw him get into a small
“If this person immediately after
shooting Keith Bryan departed the house out the garage door, how
could they have deposited that gun, the blanket and the casing in
the dryer without the defendant knowing about it?” Hesse asked.
James tried to raise doubt by citing mistakes made by Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation agents as they searched the Bryan
home in the hours after the shooting.
didn't fingerprint or DNA test many items, including the gun and
the dryer door.
“All of these things are not
done because of tunnel vision,” James said. “There is so much
reasonable doubt in this case from the physical evidence. This
case is a rush to judgment.”
couldn't convince jurors. Bryan's story about an intruder was
implausible from the beginning because all the evidence in the
dryer came from her home. The gun was hers. The blanket was a
fire-themed throw blanket kept on the back of their couch. And the
glove had her DNA in it.
Jurors were swayed by
prosecutors' arguments that an intruder bent on killing Keith
Bryan would have brought his own tools and especially his own gun.
Rebecca Bryan's repeated infidelity also hurt her case.
Witnesses testified at length about several sexual encounters in
the days leading up to the killing. Bryan also had an extramarital
affair with Mark Holbrook, of Hugo, who testified she repeatedly
contacted him long after he ended the affair in January 2010.
She boasted to friends of sex she had with strangers the night
before the shooting while attending a work conference in Tulsa and
four days earlier while attending a wedding in Dallas. Another man
testified she stopped at his house in McLoud on her way home from
Tulsa and they had sex hours before the shooting.
Several friends and family members testified Rebecca Bryan showed
them a photo of the man's penis and bragged about the tryst while
she rode with them to the hospital to see her husband after he was
Holbrook also testified about voice mails
and text messages Bryan left him less than three hours before the
shooting in which she said she still loved him, expected to get a
large inheritance soon and planned to buy a house so she could be
Jurors listened to a recording of an
interview between OSBI agents and Rebecca Bryan hours after the
shooting. She said she and her husband were “very much in love.”
“Has there ever been a greater mischaracterization of a marriage
than that?” Hesse asked jurors. “She was absolutely obsessed with
Mark Holbrook. She killed Keith Bryan because she was in love with
Keith Bryan was shot once in the
side of the head. Rebecca Bryan claimed the shot was fired by an
intruder who she saw walk in the house from the garage. But Keith
Bryan never turned his head to look at his shooter.
Hesse said he kept his head forward because the gunman was someone
he loved who hid the gun under a blanket they used to keep warm as
they cuddled on their couch.
“This was the work
of a coward,” Hesse said. “This was someone who had to sneak up
behind her husband so he wouldn't see her. This is the work of
Keith Bryan's wife.”
Investigators in Bryan murder
case testify Tuesday
Defense attorney Gary James questioned two Oklahoma State Bureau
of Investigation agents about their handling of the search and the
evidence in the shooting death of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith
By Bryan Dean - NewsOK.com
May 14, 2013
EL RENO — Rebecca Bryan's attorney spent
several hours Tuesday trying to get OSBI agents to admit to
mistakes made during the investigation of her husband's shooting.
Becky Bryan, 54, is on trial for murder in the death of Nichols
Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, 52, who was shot to death Sept. 20,
2011, at their Mustang home.
Police asked for
assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation after
Becky Bryan called 911 just after 10 that night and reported an
intruder had come into their home at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive and
shot her husband once in the head.
turned their attention to Becky Bryan after a gun belonging to her
was found in the dryer of their home, along with a spent shell
casing, a glove and a blanket with apparent bullet holes.
Previous testimony focused on sexual encounters Becky Bryan had in
the days leading up to the shooting and her communication with a
former lover who ended their extramarital affair in 2010.
OSBI Agents Martin Solorzano and Shawn Wright testified Tuesday
about the search of the Bryan home in the hours after the shooting
and various other aspects of the investigation.
Wright found a gun box for a Ruger LCP .380-caliber semi-automatic
pistol under the mattress on Becky Bryan's side of the bed in the
couple's living room along with several boxes of ammunition.
Solorzano said he searched the home's utility room.
He noticed a blanket through the clear door of the dryer.
Solorzano said he pulled out the blanket and heard several items
hit the floor of the utility room. Those items included a Ruger
.380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a spent shell casing and a
The blanket had several round
holes in it that appeared to be bullet holes, Solorzano said.
Wright said the serial number on the gun matched the serial number
on the gun box found under the mattress.
Becky Bryan's attorney,
Gary James, questioned Solorzano and Wright about their handling
of the search and the evidence. He asked why agents don't change
gloves, suggesting gunshot residue could have been transferred
onto evidence by agents who handled items during the search.
James also asked why agents didn't check for fingerprints on the
dryer where the gun was found and why they didn't photograph the
shell casing found in the dryer.
Wright said the
shell casing should have been photographed, and that “with the
benefit of hindsight,” fingerprinting the dryer might have been a
James also brought up a report by a
witness that he saw a vehicle in the Mustang area similar to the
one Becky Bryan reported the intruder drove as he fled the house.
The only way to exit the Bryans' neighborhood is onto State
Highway 152, the main east/west road through Mustang.
“It puts someone in a similar vehicle on Highway 152 minutes after
10 p.m. driving erratically,” James said of the witness' report.
James asked why agents didn't view security camera footage from
businesses near the area where the vehicle was seen. Wright could
not answer. He said he was not aware of the witness' report of the
vehicle until recently.
Under cross examination,
Wright said it is possible that Becky Bryan could have had gunshot
residue on her hands if she was sitting near where her husband was
Becky Bryan told police she was sitting on
a chair in the living room when the intruder came in through the
garage and shot Keith Bryan in the head as he sat on the couch.
She reported the intruder apologized and said Keith Bryan should
have hired him, then left through the garage.
Evidence found in the dryer is key to the case because an intruder
entering and exiting the Bryan home through the garage would not
have passed the utility room to dispose of any items.
Investigators have said
the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan was matched to the gun found
in the dryer. James has theorized that the shot could have been
fired from an identical gun stolen from the home of the couple's
son a few months earlier.
Testimony is scheduled
to continue Wednesday, and District Judge Gary Miller apologized
to jurors Tuesday for the length of the trial, saying he hopes it
will conclude this week, but he could make no guarantees.
Mustang murder defendant
Becky Bryan told police: 'We were quite in love.'
Testimony resumes for a second week in the murder trial for a
woman accused of fatally shooting her husband, Nichols Hills Fire
Chief Keith Bryan.
By Nolan Clay - NewsOK.com
May 13, 2013
EL RENO — In a police interview at
the hospital after her husband was shot, murder defendant Becky
Bryan said: “We were quite in love.”
listened intently Monday to the 35-minute recording of the
interview that began about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011.
“He's like the most amazing husband,” she said in the recording
about her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan.
“Everybody likes Keith.”
Jurors, though, heard
testimony Monday that the real estate agent cheated on her husband
hours earlier, with a client.
The client, Wesley
Hubert, told jurors Becky Bryan stopped at his home in McLoud on
her way back to her home in Mustang from Tulsa. He said they had
flirted before but never had sex.
He said after
talking about some things, she went to the bathroom. “And, when
she came out, she was wearing a fishnet outfit,” he said.
“It was shocking to me mainly that it actually was going to
happen,” he said. “She had been alone with me before … and nothing
had ever happened.”
Becky Bryan is accused in a
first-degree murder charge of shooting her husband inside their
Mustang home Sept. 20, 2011. He died at the hospital the next day.
He was 52.
They had been married 33 years.
She had a brief extramarital affair that ended in early 2010.
Prosecutors have put on evidence she wanted to reunite with the
former lover, Mark Holbrook, of Hugo.
left a message for the former lover before the shooting that she
was about to get a large inheritance, according to testimony in
She was arrested after the gun used
in the shooting was found inside a clothes dryer at the home.
She blames an intruder for the shooting.
convicted, Becky Bryan, 54, faces life in prison or life in prison
without the possibility of parole.
The trial —
now in its second week — has focused on the defendant's racy
behavior in the days before the shooting and how calm she acted in
the hours immediately afterward.
instance, heard Monday that she sent nude photos and explicit
texts the day before the shooting to another real estate agent.
The witness, Karl Oltermann, said he and Becky Bryan had never
flirted before and knew each other from taking real estate classes
together. Asked if the text messages came completely out of the
blue, he said, “Yes sir, very much so.”
she wanted him to come to Tulsa and have drinks with her.
The witness said the text messages got extremely explicit about
what she wanted to do afterward.
He said at one
point she wrote “she wanted to ride that tall cowboy.”
In the hospital interview, with a Mustang police detective and an
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent, Becky Bryan claimed
the intruder had apologized after shooting her husband point
She said the intruder had, using an
expletive, told her, “He should have … hired me.”
She said she and her husband had been watching “Carrie,” a horror
movie. She graphically described the shooting, saying her
husband's eyes bulged out.
During the interview,
she admitted she had filed for divorce the year before and had
moved out for a time.
“Yes, we had our
problems,” she said. “He was like a totally different person after
I came back. We were quite in love.”
said Monday that Becky Bryan in 2010 had called her former lover
her soul mate and talked of faking a pregnancy so he would be with
her. The witness, Pamela Woodard, was a longtime friend of the
“It was very difficult. It was very sad
to relive everything,” Woodard told reporters afterward about her
testimony. “It was very surreal.”
talked about her former lover on the way to the hospital after her
husband was shot, another witness, Sharon Valdez said.
Valdez told jurors Becky Bryan said, “Have you ever loved somebody
so much you would do that?”
Becky Bryan did not
explain what she meant, according to the testimony.
Rebecca Bryan trial: Sex,
lies, meetings listed
Witnesses in the Rebecca Bryan trial describe affairs, calls,
interludes before her husband was slain in their Mustang,
By Bryan Dean - NewsOK.com
May 11, 2013
EL RENO — The 33-year marriage of Keith and
Rebecca Bryan ended abruptly when he was shot in the head Sept.
20, 2011, in the couple's Mustang home.
Testimony from the first week of Becky Bryan's murder trial
supports the argument made by prosecutors that the relationship
never recovered from an extramarital affair she began in 2009.
Becky Bryan has claimed an intruder came into their home at 1320 W
Rose Hill Drive about 10 p.m. and shot her husband as he sat on
the couch in their living room before apologizing to her and
saying the fire chief should have hired him.
Prosecutors argue Bryan took a .380-caliber Ruger she was known to
carry for personal defense, covered it in a throw blanket from the
Bryan home and shot her husband at close range. Her gun was found
in the dryer of the couple's utility room, along with a latex
glove, a shell casing and the blanket, riddled with bullet-size
Becky Bryan and Mark Holbrook, of Hugo, had an affair that ended
in January 2010, Holbrook testified. He said that she continued to
contact him long after he ended the relationship and both pledged
not to contact each other.
He testified that
Bryan left him a voice mail three hours before the shooting,
saying she still loved him, she expected to get a large
inheritance soon and planned to move to Hugo to be near him.
Prosecutors argue Bryan's love for Holbrook boiled over in the
days before her husband's shooting as she had sex with two men,
one of them a stranger, and sent nude photos of herself to others
in an attempt to seduce them before killing Keith Bryan.
Prosecutors and Becky Bryan's attorney, Gary James, agree that the
couple's marriage became strained after she met Holbrook at a real
estate class in summer 2009. The class was three days a week for
three weeks, and the two became friends.
were married, and Holbrook said they parted ways nothing more than
friends when the class ended. Weeks later, Holbrook and Bryan met
again in Tulsa when they took the real estate test they had been
studying for during the class.
they went to lunch after the test.
point, we started talking more on a personal level,” Holbrook
said. “We started to have feelings toward each other more than
The met a few weeks later at a park in
Weleetka, roughly halfway between Holbrook's home in Hugo and
Bryan's home in Mustang. Their mutual feelings grew.
As Bryan and Holbrook continued talking, they discussed leaving
their spouses and getting married. They spent weekends together
whenever they could both get away from work and family.
They began having sex in December 2009, he said.
Holbrook had moved out of his home but never filed for divorce.
Becky Bryan filed for divorce in January 2010, just as she and
Holbrook were set to spend a weekend together at a cabin she
rented in Broken Bow.
Holbrook testified that
was the longest amount of time he had spent with Becky Bryan, and
his feelings started to change.
“I started to
realize she wasn't the person I thought she was,” Holbrook said.
“She became manipulative. She was wanting me to divorce my wife
sooner than I wanted to. I wasn't going to do that. I was going to
do it on my time.”
Holbrook decided to end
things with Bryan. They both agreed to tell their spouses.
The next day, Holbrook got a call from Keith Bryan. Becky Bryan
was also on the line. Holbrook said he confirmed the affair and
apologized to Keith Bryan.
“I made a vow to him
not to have any more contact with her,” Holbrook said. “He agreed
we should try to reconcile with our spouses and get on with our
Bryans got back together after the relationship between Becky
Bryan and Holbrook ended. Friends testified that Keith Bryan put
in extra effort to make her happy.
wife of Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman, said she has known the
couple for more than 20 years. Shortly after they reconciled, the
two couples went together to a firefighters' ball in Oklahoma
“Keith was very much a gentleman,” Hickman
said. “He would pull a chair out for her. It was above and beyond
what I had seen him do trying to keep her very happy.”
Keith Bryan reportedly told friends the marriage was going well,
but Hickman said something still seemed strange.
“They were awkward,” she said. “They weren't as fun-loving when we
would see them.”
Holbrook said Bryan showed up
in his driveway in March 2010. A man got out of the car and
approached him, but when Holbrook saw Becky Bryan in the car, he
told the man not to come any closer and to get off the property.
She showed up in Hugo again in
February 2011. Holbrook was doing some work on his office when
Bryan got out of the passenger side of a car and approached him.
Sex, inappropriate behavior
behavior got even stranger in the days before her husband's
shooting, friends testified.
Debbie Proctor, who
was with Bryan in the hours after her husband's shooting, said
Bryan told her she had cheated on Keith Bryan four days before the
shooting. She had gone to Fort Worth, Texas, for a friend's
wedding, met a man at a bar and had sex with him.
The day before the shooting, Becky Bryan went to Tulsa for a work
conference. While there, she met Bill Whitestarber, a Tulsa real
Whitestarber testified he talked
to Becky Bryan for no more than a few minutes that day. The next
morning, he got several text messages from her inviting him to her
Pictures attached to the messages,
which were admitted into evidence, showed Becky Bryan naked.
Whitestarber said he was “freaked out,” and texted Bryan back
saying the photos were inappropriate and that he was at the
conference with his fiance.
Bryan sent similar messages to another man, captioning one picture
of her genitalia, “Ride this, cowboy.”
way back from Tulsa on Sept. 20, she stopped by the McLoud home of
Wes Huber. The two had sex before Becky Bryan drove back to
Mustang, prosecutors said.
About 7 p.m., after
Becky Bryan had returned home, she left a voice mail Holbrook
would listen to the next day mentioning her love for him, a
potential inheritance and her intention to buy a house in Hugo.
Just after 10 p.m., Becky Bryan called 911 to report Keith Bryan
had been shot. Close friends came to the home to support her while
Hickman said Bryan was on
the phone nonstop in the hours after the shooting as friends and
family sat on the back porch. She testified Bryan laughed while on
the phone and retold gory details about the shooting numerous
Proctor testified that Becky showed a
carload of people headed to the hospital to see Keith Bryan a
photo of Huber's penis and asked if Proctor could believe she'd
had sex with the man that day.
She later told
those in the car that the only thing she felt guilty about was
sleeping with another man on the day her husband was shot, Proctor
Kathy Thomas, a psychologist called to the
stand Friday by Bryan's attorney, acknowledged Bryan's behavior
was “bizarre” given the circumstances.
seemed to be she wasn't that concerned about her husband,” Thomas
Wife of slain Nichols Hills fire chief is
Rebecca Bryan is charged with murder
in her husband's shooting death. Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith
Bryan, was killed in a Sept. 20 shooting in their Mustang home.
By Tiffany Gibson - NewsOK.com
EL RENO — Wearing an
orange-and-white-striped jail suit and glasses, with shackles on
her feet, Rebecca Bryan walked slowly through a Canadian County
courtroom and smiled at her son, Kent Bryan, and mouthed the
words, “I love you.”
The wife of slain Nichols
Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan was charged Friday with first-degree
murder and appeared in court for her initial arraignment. She was
arrested Sept. 23 in the shooting death of her husband in their
Mustang home at 1320 W Rose Hill Drive.
attorney, Gary James, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.
“They've got to prove we did it,” James said after the hearing.
“You've probably seen 2 percent of the evidence in this case.
Prosecutor Paul Hesse asked
that Bryan be held in the Canadian County jail without bail. James
said he will file a bond request. Bryan's next court date is set
for 9 a.m. Nov. 4.
Hesse declined to comment on
Keith Bryan, 52, died of a gunshot
wound to the head on Sept. 20.
52, claimed an intruder shot her husband and fled in a pickup.
She told a 911 dispatcher a man 25 or 26 years old, wearing a
hooded sweatshirt, shot her husband and then apologized and said
the fire chief should have hired him.
arrested at an Oklahoma City hotel after investigators said they
found a .380-caliber handgun, a spent shell casing and a glove in
a clothes dryer in her house. Ammunition and a handgun box were
found between the mattress and box springs on what appeared to be
her side of the bed, they said.
said the dryer was in a utility room and was not in the pathway
Bryan told police an intruder took from the garage to the living
room and back.
Bryan gave investigators written
consent to search the house.
filed this week show that DNA samples were taken from Rebecca
Bryan, and her husband's cellphone was among items taken from the
Bryan filed for divorce in January 2010,
but the couple were living together in the house at the time of
On her way out of the courtroom
Friday, Bryan waved to her son.
James said her
other son, Trent Bryan, is an El Reno firefighter who was unable
to attend the hearing. Both sons have been supportive of their
mother and have visited her in jail, James said.
“She's got a very good family,” he said.
Authorities release 911 calls in Nichols
Hills fire chief's death
The Mustang Police
Department has released the recordings of the 911 calls placed by
the wife of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, who died after a
shooting late Tuesday in his home.
Kimball and Bryan Dean
September 23, 2011
MUSTANG — Investigators looking into the shooting death of Nichols
Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan have little to go on and are hoping
for a break that will lead them to his killer, authorities said
Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said investigators are
talking to as many people as they can, hoping someone will have
the key piece of information that could lead them in the right
“We're doing forensic testing on
items,” Brown said. “One of the things our agents did today was go
back and canvass the neighborhood again, ask people if they saw or
The state medical examiner
ruled Thursday that Bryan died from a single gunshot to the head.
Mustang police on Thursday released recordings of two 911 calls
Keith Bryan's wife, Becky, made Tuesday night after he was shot at
their home in the 1300 block of W Rose Hill Drive.
In the final seconds of her second call to 911, Becky Bryan
describes her husband as “gasping for air.”
“He's dripping, he's like moving,” Becky Bryan said on the call,
placed about 10:05 p.m. “I've got to have somebody here.”
Her voice is heard during the first 17 seconds of the first call,
placed from her cellphone, until the call apparently goes dead.
Bryan first asks if she's reached Mustang police, then begins to
describe “a young man about 25” until her voice drops off the
Bryan called back from a landline on a
call that lasted 1 minute and 20 seconds. She describes a man
about 25 or 26 years old wearing a hooded sweatshirt who walked in
through the garage door of their home.
my husband in the head. My husband is laying here bleeding on my
couch right now,” Bryan said on the call. “And he (the shooter)
turned around to me and he said, ‘Ma'am, I'm so sorry,' he said,
‘But your husband should have hired me.'”
Bryan's voice rises and she sounds increasingly desperate and
upset as the call goes on.
“Oh my God. He's in a
little itty bitty pickup, OK? He's going down my street,” said
Bryan, who continued to say it was a dark-colored pickup driving
The call ends soon thereafter when she
says she has to go, as her husband gasped for air.
Keith Bryan, 52, died about 6 a.m. Wednesday at OU Medical Center
in Oklahoma City.
Mustang police and the
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have not offered a
description of the shooter more detailed than the one Becky Bryan
gave on the 911 call. No suspects have been named, and no one has
Mustang police have deferred
comment to the OSBI on the case.
Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley have said Becky Bryan is the only
witness to the incident and investigators have spoken with her as
they try to develop leads.
Officials have said
it's possible the shooter was a disgruntled, unsuccessful job
The Nichols Hills Fire Department has
not hired or interviewed anyone since 2007. The much larger
Oklahoma City Fire Department hires frequently, and its chief,
Keith Bryant, has a name similar to Keith Bryan's.
Oklahoma City fire officials heightened headquarters security in
the wake of the shooting, though at the time Bryant was in
Washington, D.C., for a conference.
filed for divorce from her husband in January 2010. The divorce is
Efforts to reach Becky Bryan have