McALESTER, Okla. — A preliminary hearing against a 16-year-old accused of first-degree murder was continued Thursday for two weeks.
Bryce Allen Miller, 16, of McAlester, was charged as an adult with murder in the first degree — deliberate intent, for the June shooting death of 16-year-old Jaylen Nelson, according to charges filed by the District 18 District Attorney’s Office.
The motion filed by District 18 District Attorney Adam Scharn states the prosecutor was not able to contact a key witness because contact information was not disclosed in the original police report.
It states the DA’s office contacted Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department Det. Randy Hass to obtain the information, but Hass' response did not contain the information. Scharn’s motion also states that two other witnesses were not able to be available for the Thursday hearing.
Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris, who was present at the hearing, refuted Scharn’s claim and said he told District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan that Hass made several attempts to contact Scharn.
Pittsburg County Special District Judge Brian McLaughlin granted the motion to continue over the defense's objection.
An oral motion for a bond reduction was denied because Miller’s bond was lowered in July to $250,000. A hearing date was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 5.
Miller's attorney, Brecken Wagner, filed an order requesting a knife discovered by the sheriff’s department near the crime scene.
Scharn said the knife was sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing, before the defense said a photograph of the knife would suffice. Scharn said he would request the photo from OSBI.
James writes for McAlester News Capital, a CNHI News Service publication.