Editor’s note: As part of a look into the 19 pending homicides in Canadian County, the Yukon Review has printed the first half of the cases. The Review will print the remaining cases in its next issue. Offense dates were printed in chronological order. The Review reminds readers all defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
The 19 pending homicides throughout Canadian County are the most Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin has worked in his three and a half years with the county.
While Epplin said the 19 are very sad, he noted there are no pending intimate partner homicides in the county. There were also no intimate partner homicides in 2020 nor 2019.
More than 90% of women murdered by men are killed by someone they know, according to the Violence Policy Center, a national research nonprofit.
Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for the homicide rate among females murdered by males.
However, there are two pending child abuse homicides in the county.
March 16, 2018
Ronnie Miller III, 34, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder Sept. 24, 2018.
Oklahoma City police responded at about 1:51 a.m. March 16, 2018 to an injury incident in Yukon. When officers arrived on scene, first responders were treating Cody Early, 23, of Bethany and Shaun Ruddle, 39, of Midwest City.
The two, who had been shot, were “slumped over” in the front driver and passenger seats, a report read. Both males were pronounced dead at the scene.
Aug. 5, 2018
Brianne Risher, 41, of Del City was charged with first-degree manslaughter; leaving the scene of a fatal accident; transporting an open container; and possession of paraphernalia Aug. 24, 2018. Risher collided with a vehicle in Canadian County Aug. 5, 2018.
The collision happened at about 12:47 a.m. on State Highway 152 and south Gregory Road. A traffic collision report said Risher’s vehicle was stopped westbound on State Highway 152.
A witness was standing beside the driver’s window of her vehicle. Meanwhile, a motorcycle, which was driven by Kelis Hart, 40, of Mustang, was stopped, facing west in front of Risher’s Nissan Altima.
Pedestrian Dustie Hart, 39, of Mustang stood in front of the car on its passenger side. Suddenly, the Altima accelerated forward, its front left colliding with the motorcycle’s rear, the report said.
The front right of Risher’s car also hit Dustie Hart. Risher left the scene but returned later.
Dustie Hart was transported to University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
Sept. 14, 2018
Zachary Huber, 28, was charged with first-degree murder Sept. 24, 2018.
El Reno officers responded at about 6:50 p.m. Sept. 14, 2018 to a person, who was shot at Ruddies Quik Stop, which is located at 1524 W Elm Street. Ryan Johnson, 37, was found suffering from gunshot wounds, a report said.
He was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where Johnson died. Huber fled the scene but was located a day later at a residence and was arrested.
Oct. 6, 2018
Donna LaForge, 65, of Oklahoma City was charged with first-degree manslaughter May 2, 2019.
Yukon Police Department officers responded at about 10:05 a.m. Oct. 6, 2018 to an automobile versus pedestrian accident, a report read. An officer wrote that he observed a mountain bike under the front passenger side of a Ford F-150.
The bicyclist, Leland Krich, 71, of Yukon, was transported to OU Medical, where he died as a result of injuries he suffered from the collision. One witness at the scene said LaForge’s pickup was stopped at the stop sign near 3rd Street and Poplar Avenue, while another said she rolled through it.
LaForge told officers she never saw Krich as she pulled away from the sign. She said she felt the impact of hitting something and exited her truck to see what she hit.
The report said LaForge stated she couldn’t remember if she had fully stopped at the sign or if she rolled it. Officers asked her if she was distracted by anything inside or outside of her vehicle, causing her to not see Krich on his bike.
She said she must have been watching people on 3rd Street.
After a blood test, it was confirmed LaForge was under the influence of marijuana, as well as meth, ecstasy and amphetamine. She also admitted to using marijuana frequently and had used the drug at about 8 p.m. the day before the collision, according to an affidavit.
After investigators reconstructed the collision, they determined Krich would have been well into the intersection to establish control, requiring LaForge to yield right of way to him. They also confirmed if LaForge had in fact rolled the stop sign, the time of Krich’s travel would have placed him farther into the intersection and closer to impact. In this event, the bicyclist would have established even more control, according to the affidavit.
Nov. 10, 2018
Chance Girten, 25, of Clayton was charged Jan. 18, 2019 with first-degree manslaughter.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded at about 2 a.m. Nov. 10, 2018 to a fatal collision on Cedar Road near SW 15th Street. A Dodge Ram driven by Girten was traveling northbound on Cedar Road from Lyanna’s Lakeside Bar & Grill.
Girten’s passenger was Byan Flores, 34, of Kellyville. While traveling northbound on Cedar Road, Girten failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, an affidavit read.
He departed the roadway to the right, striking multiple trees and a fence before coming to a rest below a curve in the roadway in an agricultural field.
Flores died from the impact with the large trees and deceleration of the vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed, troopers reported.
Troopers said they learned Girten and Flores left work Nov. 9, 2018 to eat at a restaurant and then later spend the remainder of the night at the bar, where Girten consumed a reportedly large amount of alcohol. Girten was traveling approximately 100 miles per hour when he left the roadway.
His blood alcohol content was also 0.22 when he arrived at an area hospital, the affidavit stated.
Dec. 24, 2018
Jeffrey Glidewell, 41, of Mustang was charged with negligent homicide Oct. 14, 2019.
Glidewell was traveling westbound on SW 59th Street, approaching Mustang Road at about 10:59 a.m. Dec. 24, 2018. Chester Boevers, 69, of Oklahoma City and his passenger, Dorothy Boevers, 92, were traveling eastbound on SW 59th Street from Mustang Road.
Glidewell told officers he was digging around in his truck to find a receipt, and when he looked up, a vehicle in front of him was stopping to turn left into a neighborhood, a report read. To avoid hitting the vehicle, Glidewell said he swerved left.
Whenever he swerved, Glidewell traveled left of the center of the road, hitting the Boevers head on. The Boevers were transported to OU Medical.
Dorothy Boever was admitted to the intensive care unit. She later died on Christmas Day of 2018 as a result of the injuries she suffered in the collision.
Glidewell initially told officers he swerved to avoid hitting an animal but could not describe the mammal. Three witnesses told officers they never saw an animal.
When officers told Glidewell what witnesses said, he changed his story, the report read. Glidewell said he had been on his phone, paying his bills prior to the collision but not during.
He said he never saw the Boevers’ vehicle because he was looking for a receipt.
The collision report found there was no improper action taken by the Boevers.
March 21, 2019
Ramon Hector Martinie-Ontiveros, 36, was charged with second-degree murder May 16, 2019.
At about 7:15 p.m. March 21, 2019, officers with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an area off State Highway 37 in Hinton in regard to a gunshot victim, an initial police report read. Hinton Police Department officers were on scene when the sheriffs arrived.
Officers had secured an SUV and trailer with crime scene tape. Two occupants of the vehicle were sitting on the ground, and another person was being treated in an ambulance.
The initial crime scene was reported to have taken place at State Highway 37 and south Karns Road on a dead end. Sheriffs located witness Tommy Alvarez, 36, at the initial scene.
As officers detained Alvarez, he told them there was a gun in the grass near them. An AR-15, which was encased in Saran wrap, was located.
There was also shattered glass, four bullet casings and a back windshield wiper blade in the road.
After investigators arrived on scene about an hour later, it was confirmed Paige Gomer, 28, of Hinton was shot by Ontiveros, according to an affidavit.
Gomer died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report. A toxicology report also indicated there was meth and amphetamine in Gomer’s blood.
Two witnesses informed an investigator that they saw Ontiveros fire a rifle inside the vehicle German Zamarripa, 31, was driving.
Gomer was in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The witnesses also said Ontiveros was upset with Zamarripa over insults he made about Ontiveros’ wife.
After Ontiveros stopped firing at the vehicle, he handed the weapon to Alvarez, who laid it on the ground, a probable cause affidavit read.
Once investigators completed their search of the vehicle, they found four casings. There was also an entry and exit bullet hole where Gomer was in the front passenger seat.
Included in the affidavit was also Ontiveros’ inquiry to a deputy during his transport to the sheriff’s office. Ontiveros asked the officer if he hurt anyone.
The deputy recorded the statement on his work phone and did not question Ontiveros.
Gomer died at 8:30 p.m. March 21, 2019 at an area hospital.
Oct. 26, 2019
Tristan Gaskey, 25, of Stillwater was charged with first-degree manslaughter April 1, 2020.
Gaskey was traveling southbound on the Kilpatrick Turnpike’s southbound exit ramp, approaching State Highway 66 at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 26, 2019. Craig Caldwell, 58, of Midwest City was traveling eastbound in the left lane on State Highway 66, approaching the Kilpatrick Turnpike’s southbound ramps.
A witness told officers that Gaskey went through a red light, a collision report stated. The front left of Caldwell’s vehicle collided with Gaskey’s right side.
Gaskey’s vehicle traveled southeast through a ditch and rested atop a hill. Caldwell also traveled to the southeast, his driver’s side colliding with a signal light pole.
His vehicle caught on fire.
The collision report found that there was no improper action on Caldwell’s behalf.
March 21, 2020
Anil Azmat, 34, of Oklahoma City was charged with first-degree murder, child abuse Sept. 11, 2020.
Oklahoma City officers responded at about 9:16 a.m. March 21, 2020 regarding a 3-month-old, Amora Azmat, who wasn’t breathing at a property in the city. Officers spoke with Anil Azmat, the parent of Amora, and Taylor Tambunga, 22, of Oklahoma City, the infant’s other parent, while first responders performed CPR on Amora.
The baby was then transported to OU Medical. She later died at the hospital.