Ricky Don Rainwater Jr., 44, of Fort Smith, who is accused of the death of Larry Lane Sr., entered a not guilty plea to the charge Tuesday in Cherokee County District Court in Tahlequah.
Lane Sr. is the father of Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane Jr.
According to court records, Rainwater is charged with first-degree murder, robbery by force and fear, and larceny of automobile. He is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Jail.
His next court appearance is on Judge Larry Langley’s sounding docket on Nov. 14. According to court records he was also approved to be represented by an attorney with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, also known as OIDS.
Rainwater, according to reports, confessed to choking to death Lane Sr. on Aug. 31 at Lane’s home in Park Hill in Cherokee County, and stealing his debit and credit cards and pickup truck. Rainwater was arrested by Memphis police after Cherokee County, Sequoyah County and OSBI investigators tracked receipts from Lane’s stolen credit card across two states. Lane’s stolen pickup truck was discovered in West Memphis, Ark., and officers found Rainwater in a mental health facility where he had admitted himself.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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