Woman to be sentenced in 2016 murder case in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa County judge will decide the sentence in March for a woman convicted in a 2016 murder case.

A jury found Michaela Riddle guilty of second-degree murder in January in the 2016 death of Courtney Palmer.

She was also found guilty of desecration of a human corpse and kidnapping. The jury found her not guilty of first-degree murder and other gang related offenses.

The jury recommended 25 years for second-degree murder, 20 years for kidnapping and four years for desecration of a corpse.

Palmer’s remains were found in December 2016 in Muskogee County after authorities say he was tortured for hours and killed at a home in north Tulsa. The remains had been burned.

Riddle’s alleged co-conspirator Gerald Lowe pleaded guilty in December 2019 and was sentenced to life in prison with a chance at parole.