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Victim's mom tells jury she wants Thacker put to death

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

POTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury is expected to be called on today to decide if Elvis Aaron Thacker should be put to death or imprisoned for life for the brutal murder of a Fort Smith woman in 2010.

Guilty, Thacker jury says; death-or-life decision next

posted: 04/30/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

POTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury deliberated three hours Friday before convicting Elvis Aaron Thacker of first-degree murder and forcible oral sodomy in the Sept. 13, 2010, death of Briana Ault of Fort Smith.

Thacker's guilt, acquittal jurors only choices

posted: 04/29/2016 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Jurors in LeFlore County District Court in Oklahoma are expected to begin deliberating today in the first-degree murder and forcible sodomy trial of Elvis Aaron Thacker, accused of killing 22-year-old Briana Ault on Sept. 13, 2010.

Witness says police tortured Thacker, confessions in 2010 killing not backed up

posted: 04/28/2016 1:08 a.m. Discuss

Confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made in the 2010 murder of Briana Ault were unreliable because there was no physical evidence to verify them, a private criminologist retained by the defense team testified Wednesday.

Thackers' jail letters construed two ways

posted: 04/27/2016 3:32 a.m. Comment 1

Jailhouse correspondence between an Arkansas man on trial for murder and his brother contained admissions that bolster the state of Oklahoma's theory that the brothers acted together in a 2010 killing.

Thacker trial witness says confession false

posted: 04/26/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

POTEAU, Okla. -- Elvis Aaron Thacker falsely confessed to murdering Briana Ault, believing he would bring closure to her family and shield his brother who he now says committed the killing, a psychologist said.

Wasn't fit to confess, Thacker witness says

posted: 04/23/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

A psychologist testified Friday that confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made that he murdered Briana Ault in 2010 were unreliable because of the state of his mental health and the circumstances under which he made the admissions.

Murder jury told of brothers' abuse

posted: 04/22/2016 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Witnesses in the trial of a man accused of killing a Fort Smith woman began testifying Thursday in support of the defense theory that his brother committed the crime.

State rests in murder trial; Defense starts

posted: 04/20/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Elvis Thacker said he hoped Fort Smith police would kill him the night he was arrested in 2010 because he wanted to die for what he did to Briana Ault.

Murder case jurors see video of suspect's arrest

posted: 04/19/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

POTEAU, Okla. -- Jurors in Elvis Thacker's murder trial Monday watched a video showing the aftermath of his arrest in which he was shot after stabbing a Fort Smith police officer.




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