UPDATED: Drumright Woman Held Without Bail On First-Degree Murder Charge In Fatal Shooting Of Bail Bonds Client
(Stillwater, Okla.) –A Drumright woman accused of fatally shooting a client in the back on Wednesday shortly before noon at Signature Bail Bonds on W. 7th Street in Stillwater, a half-block from the Payne County Courthouse, was ordered jailed without bail at her arraignment this afternoon on a first-degree murder charge, court records show.
Three defense attorneys, Jarrod Stevenson, Shannon McMurray and Scott Ward, appeared in court today with Chasity Dawn Carey, 41, a registered bail bondsman, and requested that her initial appearance be continued until Aug. 16 for the attorneys to decide who will represent the defendant, court records show.
Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas ordered that Carey be held without bond until Aug. 16, court records show.
Carey was arrested at her Drumright home shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by Stillwater Police Department investigators and the Creek County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release Thursday from Stillwater Police Cpt. Kyle Gibbs.
An investigation began after Carey of Signature Bail Bonds “called 911 stating that she had just shot a man,” the news release said.
The victim, identified as Brandon James Williams, 38, of Stillwater, was found dead at the scene, the news release said.
Williams had been arrested in late July and charged with breaking into three Stillwater restaurants, as well as possessing marijuana, court records show. Williams was released from the Payne County Jail on July 31 on a $35,000 bond posted by Carey.
“Carey told officers she had called Williams to her office with the intent of taking him into custody to revoke his bond and deliver him back to the Payne County Sheriff’s Office,” the news release said.
“A witness was present during the meeting between Carey and Williams,” the news release said.
“Carey told investigators a fight broke out between her and Williams during the meeting,” the news release said.
“She indicated she shot Williams with a gun she had in her desk in self-defense during the struggle.
“Witness statements as well as evidence found at the scene, including video evidence, contradict Carey’s version of the event,” the news release alleged.
“The investigators’ findings indicate that the shooting was not a justifiable act of self-defense,” the news release alleged.
Thirty-three witnesses, including 16 Stillwater police officers and a firearms examiner from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, have been listed on the charge filed today by Payne County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington, court records show.