Jury selection to begin in Calumet murder trial

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Canadian County’s first death penalty case in more than a quarter century.

The jury will hear the case of Derek Don Posey, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Calumet resident Amy Gibbins and her son, Bryor.

Their bodies were found by firefighters responding to a call about a structure fire.

Gibbons died of blunt force trauma. Bryor died as a result of the house fire.

Authorities also claim that Gibbins, who was 22, also had been sexually assaulted.

Officials have said that more than 500 Canadian County residents have received summons to appear as potential jurors for the trial, which could last up to six weeks.

Derek Don Posey

Monday, Posey and his attorneys argued that DNA evidence that was obtained in a prior trial in which he was acquitted should not be admitted.

Associate District Judge Bob Hughey had previously ruled it was admissible.

Posey’s attorney argued that admitting the evidence could taint the jurors’ perception of their client. He was acquitted in a Tulsa County sexual assault and burglary case in which the evidence was presented.

In addition, an expert testified that a mistake was made in some of the original DNA testing that was conducted in the previous trial.

Posey, who was working in the oil-field industry at the time of the crime, also is accused of taking  Gibbins’s credit card.

His defense claims that their client did not commit the crime.

Hughey had not issued his ruling as of press time.

Posey’s murder case is the first case in which a jury may consider the death penalty since Michael Edward Hooper was convicted in July 1995 of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her two children.

Hooper was found guilty of all three counts.

He died by lethal injection on Aug. 14, 2012.

The district attorney had planned to seek the death penalty against Joshua Steven Drucho in the 2009 deaths of his girlfriend and her four children.

However, Durcho accepted a plea just days before his trial was to begin. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

20 Comments

  1. David on March 17, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Takes almost 6 years for this man to go to trial. Come on this man is innocent.

    • Katie on May 20, 2019 at 12:25 am

      Agreed.

    • Deb on May 21, 2019 at 1:11 am

      I totally agree with you…it’s a set up deal

    • Ben on June 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Oh well. He gonna fry

  2. Okiemum on March 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This sick, nasty person is a MONSTER!!! He is guilty and deserves to die in the same manner he killed Amy and Bryor.

    • Deb on May 21, 2019 at 1:16 am

      You don’t even know him so don’t speak what you don’t know anything about… sounds like your just as racist as the others in this little town…

      • Deb on May 21, 2019 at 1:19 am

        That comment was for The Rhonda no it all chic…or think she does…

      • friendlyguy on June 13, 2019 at 1:20 pm

        i know him, and the dp i knew was a great guy. The dp others experienced, was not a good guy. the evidence against him proved him guilty even on his other charges in the past.. hes getting what he deserves..

  3. Rhonda on March 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I know this monster. He is without a doubt guilty. I set in the case of him raping and hurting a girl in Tulsa Ok. He tried to blame his twin brother, he tried everything. He ended knowing one of the jurors and she hung the jury so he walked to be able to hurt someone else. He is a very violent man who charms his way into women’s lives and then hurts them. My ex husband was once a long time ago a friend of his. When he would get drunk, his truths would come out. The day he killed this lady he drove back to Tulsa and celebrated his birthday. He is a monster and nobody has even a clue how bad of a monster he is.

    • Katie on May 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

      You don’t know him. You are lying. Shame on you for spitting lying ass venom out of your mouth, claiming you know him. If you really did, you would know he is absolutely incapable of hurting a woman, much less a child. I, in fact have been a victim of his POS brother, who has put the blame on him multiple times. Maybe you should focus on the jealous ex, who could not stand the fact the mother of his child was seeing a black man, in a very small RACIST community. Ya, that’s not motive at all….stupid.

      • Deb on May 21, 2019 at 1:21 am

        I agree Katie with you…

      • Elois on May 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

        I personally know the ex-husband and he was not jealous and didn’t have an issue with the race of his ex’s boyfriend. Please don’t spout accusations that have no merit just because you are upset. Hopefully, the truth will come out in the trial.

    • Deb on May 21, 2019 at 1:13 am

      You crazy lady why if you killed someone why would you tell ppl where you was going I don’t believe it..

    • friendlyguy on June 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      very true, when he would get drunk, he would talk crazy and tell wild storys… turns out they were true..

  4. Jimmy on May 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Does anyone know why this has taken so long? Is it crazy to think that because it has he may not be guilty or does that make him more guilty? I”m just confused why this has taken so long. When will the trial actually begin it looks like it has been moved around a ton.

    • Okiemum on May 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      This has been a horribly long time to get justice for Amy and Bryor. Shame on Oklahoma for not providing that closure in a reasonable amount of time. I don’t have ANY faith in the justice system anymore!!

      • Jimmy on May 21, 2019 at 11:46 am

        Really though why has this taken so long? Can anyone from the Yukon review let us know any info they have or give us an update on the case?

  5. Sarah on May 23, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I have personally known him for years and he would never hurt anyone knowingly. He had always been the one to step in and protect someone. This man would have hurt himself before an innocent child.

    • friendlyguy on June 13, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      false, ive known dp for years, and towards friends, he was a great friendly guy….but when theyre not his friend, ive seen him viciously attack many people in bars, and clubs.. one night he was at a tulsa bar, and he broke my friends nose and knocked him out cold, all because my friend told him to leave his gf alone, after the girl told him many times to leave her alone, and to quit touching on her… ya this guy is trash…

  6. Kevin on June 8, 2019 at 11:32 am

    DNA speaks for itself DP is guilty and he is on death row

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