Testimony begins in double homicide trial


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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/05 5:33 pm Published: 2/05 5:09 pm


TULSA, Okla. - On Tuesday, the states' witnesses took the stand in the murder trial of man accused of killing an Oral Roberts University student and her boyfriend.

Darren Price is accused of killing freshman Carissa Horton and her 21-year-old boyfriend Ethan Nichols at Hicks Park in September 2011.

If found guilty, Price faces the death penalty.

Family and friends of Horton and Nichols filed into the Tulsa County Courtroom for the first full day of witness testimony.

They know the couple was violently killed but will soon learn if someone will die for the crime.

Prosecutors say Horton and Nichols were robbed and murdered by Darren Price and Jerard Davis. In October 2013, Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of murder to avoid the death penalty.

Davis and Price accuse each other of pulling the trigger. Price's defense said he was just an accessory to the crime.

Nichols' sister Leann testified about the text messages she got from his phone after she filed a missing persons report.

She wrote: "you didn’t come home last night. You didn’t show up to work.
You aren’t answering your phone. I thought something happened to you."

She got a text back saying "no nothin' happened. I’m OK. Tell them I’m OK."

When she asked why he wasn't answering the phone she got a message back saying: "sorry. I just really don't want to talk."

Leann Nichols said she noticed this wasn't the tone or manner her brother would normally send text messages.

When Scott Nichols, Ethan’s father, sent his son a text asking "where are you? Your work called and said you didn't show up." He got a text back saying, “tell them I quit.”

Later on another text from Nichols’ phone said: "no. I just want to start over. Me and Carissa are moving away for two weeks on vacation."


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Mayor Maynot - 2/7/2014 2:16 PM
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Public hanging without a far enough fall to break his neck. He needs to squirm a little.
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