Former EOSC instructor acquitted following jury trial

May 2—A former Eastern Oklahoma State College instructor charged in September 2022 with possessing medication in his on-campus house was acquitted following a jury trial.

Bryan Denny, 46, was initially charged with distribution of a managed harmful substance together with possession with intent, illegal elimination of a useless physique, possession of a firearm whereas committing a felony, and possession of marijuana, in keeping with paperwork filed in Choctaw Nation District Court.

The prices of illegal elimination of a useless physique and possession of a firearm whereas committing a felony had been dismissed with the distribution cost amended to possession of a managed harmful substance in January 2023 following a preliminary listening to. The possession of marijuana cost was dismissed previous to trial.

Denny was discovered not responsible on the possession cost following a two-day trial held this week on the Choctaw Nation Judicial Center in Durant.

In a social media assertion, Denny’s legal professional, Brecken Wagner, stated the jawbone that was present in Denny’s house was a household artifact that was given to Denny by his grandfather.

“The accusations of distributing cocaine, and disturbing a corpse, could not even make it past a preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors simply had to show the court that some evidence existed of these crimes,” Wagner wrote. “The court threw out those charges. This left the lone accusation that Bryan had possessed cocaine (residue), which is a felony in the Choctaw Nation.”

Wagner stated it took the jury lower than 45 minutes to succeed in the decision of not responsible.

“After arguments concluded and the prosecutors for the Choctaw Nation claimed to the jury that they had proven their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury returned a “not responsible” verdict in less than 45 minutes,” Wagner wrote. “‘This prosecution reeked of personal animosity, and inequality.”

An EOSC consultant stated Denny was employed as a legal justice instructor on the school and was let go from the faculty after the costs had been filed. Denny served on the campus’ police division as an auxiliary investigator, and beforehand served as EOSC’s Police Chief and Dean of Student Life throughout his employment on the school.

EOSC Police Chief Alton Jones acknowledged in possible trigger affidavit school staff contacted him after conducting routine security inspections of all scholar and residential residences on campus.

The affidavit states school staff knocked on Denny’s house door a number of occasions earlier than coming into the residence.

The report states Denny started “displaying nervous behavior” after being instructed in regards to the routine inspection, went into the lounge and grabbed a field and a “marijuana rolling tray” and positioned the objects into a toilet drawer.

Jones wrote that he knew Denny was a tribal citizen and contacted Choctaw Nation prosecutors, who instructed Jones to maneuver ahead with a search warrant request that Choctaw Nation District Judge Richard Branam later authorised.

Officers from EOSC, Wilburton, and the Choctaw Nation performed the search warrant on Denny’s residence, the place they discovered marijuana and paraphernalia in the lounge and 4 small luggage containing what discipline examined optimistic for cocaine, the affidavit states.

Officers additionally discovered a “black hard plastic carrying case” on the highest shelf of the laundry closet that contained “what appeared to be a human jawbone with five decayed teeth.”

Denny declined to talk with investigators with out counsel current when he was requested in regards to the “artifact.”

According to the affidavit, Choctaw Nation District Court Judge Amy Pierce granted a brand new search warrant for the search of stolen property and desecration of human stays.

No different objects had been discovered within the dwelling, however officers collected three firearms that had been within the residence, the report states.

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