A local man awaiting a new trial on a murder charge was charged with more felonies this week along with two alleged co-conspirators.
Michael Ray Crawley, 40, of McAlester, was charged with felony conspiracy to deliver controlled dangerous substance, two counts of felony possession of contraband (drugs) by an inmate, and felony possession of contraband (cellular telephone) by an inmate, according to documents filed May 29 by the Office of District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.
Two other local individuals were also charged in connection with the case.
According to an affidavit, authorities found a clear plastic baggy containing suspected methamphetamine, a baggy containing marijuana, and a cell phone with its charger in Crawley’s property.
Rachelle Wooten, 33, of McAlester, was charged with felony conspiracy to deliver controlled dangerous substance and felony distribution of controlled dangerous substance and Christopher Wayne Cacy, 24, of McAlester, was charged with felony conspiracy to deliver controlled dangerous substance, according to court documents.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Kious, on Monday, Pittsburg County Jail Sgt. Kelly Stubblefield contacted Kious after finding contraband on two inmates during his shift.
Stubblefield told Kious he was reviewing phone and video calls to and from the inmates when he found that Crawley and Cacy were attempting to get narcotics and a cell phone into the jail, the report states.
Kious wrote in his report that according to the phone and video call records, Crawley was making arrangements with Wooten for her to leave the items in certain places for Cacy to pick up while he was out on an inmate work crew.
One of the recorded conversations was for Wooten to wrap a part of a cell phone charger in toilet paper and leave it in the women’s bathroom, the affidavit states.
Crawley is awaiting a new trial after the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a 2017 Pittsburg County jury’s decision to convict Crawley of first-degree murder. He was charged in the November 2015 death of Amber Brewer after she was killed during a police pursuit. The jury convicted Crawley under a provision of an Oklahoma law that allows a defendant to be charged with first-degree murder if someone dies while the defendant is committing another felony.
Jail records show Crawley has been awaiting a new trial in the Pittsburg County Jail since Jan. 4.
Cacy was booked into the jail on May 4 for numerous charges and was on a hold for two other Oklahoma counties, jail records state.
Court records show a warrant was signed for Wooten’s arrest Thursday by Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills with a bond of $5,000.
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