Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

May 6, 2013

Tests: Begay likely father of baby of adopted daughter

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors are asking a judge to nix a man’s second jury trial for child sex abuse after a criminalistics exam showed a 99.9 percent chance he is the father of the victim’s baby.

Stacey G. Begay was convicted of child sex abuse in 2012 and sentenced to 30 years in prison, but District Judge Darrell Shepherd granted him a new trial earlier this year when Stacey Begay’s adoptive daughter, Christina Begay – the alleged victim – claimed the two had been coerced into saying they had sex together.

Christina Begay testified to Shepherd that her father never touched her or did anything wrong, and said they both tried to tell authorities “the truth” in April 2011, when Stacey Begay and his wife, Terry, were arrested.

Police said they were called to the Begays’ home in Cherokee County in April 2011 after Terry Begay found her husband hiding in Christina’s room. Christina was in her bed, wearing only a shirt. Terry Begay then allegedly retrieved a gun and opened fire on her husband and adoptive daughter.

Stacey Begay and Christina Begay both provided written statements to investigators, admitting to having a sexual relationship. Statements indicated the two had sex several times over a period of months, and Stacey Begay’s statements provided intimate details of the alleged relationship.

After Stacey Begay was convicted, Christina Begay told the Daily Press authorities forced her and her father to say they had been having sex for several months. She also claimed staff of the District Attorney’s Office threatened her and prevented her from testifying on her father’s behalf. She said she was determined to bring the truth to light – that her father was innocent.

Christina, now an adult, later told her side of the story in front of Shepherd. After listening to Christina’s testimony, the judge determined Christina and her mom, Terry Begay, had made “outlandish” statements throughout the court process, and may have colluded “to pull some shenanigans with this case.”

Terry was arrested at the conclusion of her husband’s first trial and charged with perjury as a result of her testimony.

But Shepherd decided to give Stacey Begay a second jury trial, citing his concern that the defendant receive his right to a fair trial. The second trial was set to begin later this month.

After the judge’s ruling, prosecutors issued subpoenas for DNA swabs from Stacey Begay, Christina Begay, and Christina’s baby, who was born Dec. 19, 2011 - eight months after Stacey Begay was arrested for sexually abusing his adopted daughter. According to a copy of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s exam of the DNA, there is a 99.9 percent probability that Stacey Begay is the father of Christina’s baby.

In his motion asking Shepherd to reconsider the second jury trial, Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry says the DNA test results prove Christina Begay’s statements under oath were “blatant falsehoods.”

“… Christina Begay perpetrated a fraud upon these judicial proceedings… ,” Dry’s motion alleges.

Dry asks Shepherd to reinstate Stacey Begay’s previous guilty verdict with a sentence of 30 years.

Text Only
Local News
  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-TCP-jump.jpg Tahlequah Community Playhouse revving up for new season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse is kicking of its 41st season with a nod to friendship and aging.
    TCP finished auditions for its first play of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” on Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Infant mortality dropping in county

    When a mom-to-be is expecting a healthy, happy baby, every week of pregnancy is crucial.
    Short gestation, or premature births, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Any child born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature.

    July 23, 2014

  • Board considers combining tourism, chamber positions

    Members of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local Tourism Council are discussing the possibility of combining two jobs into one.
    Chamber President Steve Turner encouraged board members Tuesday morning to be prepared next month to decide how it will begin a search for a new executive director.

    July 23, 2014

  • New chamber board members nominated

    Three new board members will likely be installed during the regular August meeting of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    July 23, 2014

  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • leatherman-chad.jpg Man gets 20 years for robbing local Walgreens store

    A Tahlequah man accused of robbing a local Walgreens this year has received a 20-year sentence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-orphan-train.jpg ‘Orphan Train’ authors visit Tahlequah

    Imagine, for a moment, being a child whose parents could not care for him, and the only alternative was to ride the rails across the country, hoping to find a new family and home.
    For local resident Peggy Kaney’s grandfather, this scenario was a reality.
    Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster shared the stories of over 200,000 children taken from New York City and then given away to families in western states from 1854 to 1929, at the Tahlequah Public Library on July 17.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City council gives family deadline to rehab property

    Tahlequah’s city council is giving a family with local ties a little more than a month to develop and submit rehabilitation plans for two pieces of property containing six dilapidated structures in the 400 block of Lee Street.
    Members of the city’s abatement board recommended the homes be demolished, according to Tahlequah Building Inspector Mark Secratt. City officials then sent a certified notice as required by law, but the letter was returned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man ‘howling like dog,’ arrested for APC

    When a Kentucky man pulled into an area convenience store over the weekend and began “barking and howling like a dog,” sheriff’s deputies checked on him and eventually hauled him to jail on alcohol-related charges, an arrest report shows.

    July 22, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return