Saturday, December 10, 2016

Vian Woman Will Maintain Not Guilty Plea to Murder

The court appearance for a Vian woman, facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of her husband, was continued to Monday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.

Michelle Kay Scoggins, 45, is accused of stabbing her husband, Billy Mar, 48, on Oct. 11 at their home in Vian. Mar died the next day in a Fort Smith hospital. Before his death he told police that his wife stabbed him in the abdomen with a filet knife while she was cooking.

At the time Vian police who responded to the call said the stabbing may have been the result of a domestic disturbance.

Scoggins was to appear on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters’ disposition docket Wednesday, but due to a time conflict with her court-appointed attorney her appearance was continued to Monday.

Wesley Cherry of McAlester, with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS), represents Scoggins. He said she has entered a not guilty plea to the murder charge.

“We intend to maintain that plea,” Cherry told KXMX on Friday.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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