|Updated: 8/07/2012 4:39 pm
||Published: 8/07/2012 10:20 am
It’s an act of violence that sparked change in Tulsa neighborhoods.
On Tuesday the man accused of an attack on an elderly couple went before a judge.
Tyrone Woodfork is accused of beating Bob and Nancy Strait after breaking into their home in March. 85-year-old Nancy Strait died from her injuries. Her 90-year-old husband Bob passed away less than two months later.
Their were several members of the Strait family inside the courtroom listening to the powerful testimony. All of them had their eyes on Tyrone Woodfork. He spent most of the time slumped in his chair with a smirk on his face.
Early Tuesday, the Strait’s daughter took the stand and testified about finding her father lying on the floor. He had been shot in the face with a BB gun and beaten. She also spoke of seeing her mother Nancy’s horrific injuries after she was allegedly beaten by Woodfork.
Then, it was Tulsa Police Officer James Leach’s turn to talk about finding the car stolen from the Strait’s after a Good Samaritan spotted it on the road.
A clerk at a local pawn shop told the court a man resembling Woodfork and a woman tried to pawn tools and two gold wedding bands believed to have belonged to the Straits.
The most powerful testimony came from Tulsa Police Detective Vic Regalado who says during an interrogation session, Woodfork admitted to kicking in the Strait’s door, beating both of them and shooting Bob. The detective says Woodfork also admitted to taking a TV, money and the Strait’s wedding bands. Woodfork told the detective the Straits were still alive when he left the house.
In a taped interview with police, Woodfork admits to stealing the Strait’s car and driving to a local apartment complex to meet up with others. He then says he went to the local pawn shop to try and pawn the tools and the Strait’s wedding bands.
Court adjourned before noon with the judge issuing a continuance until August 31st. This will allow the prosecution to call two more witnesses.
Once testimony is complete on August 31st, the judge will determine if there is enough evidence to send this case to trial.