Thursday, June 20, 2019

Double Murder Suspect Appears in Court

Joseph Allen Hernandez

A Marble City man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother and grandmother made an appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

Joseph Allen Hernandez, 31, of Marble City, appeared before Associate District Judge Kyle Waters to hear the charges against him – two counts of first-degree murder-deliberate intent, and two counts of first-degree arson.

Hernandez is accused of allegedly pouring gasoline on his mother, Audrey Hernandez, 62, and his grandmother, Francis Wright, 79, who was wheelchair-bound, and setting them on fire on June 5. Audrey Hernandez died June 6 and Wright died June 8 in Tulsa hospitals from injuries sustained in the incident. Both women were laid to rest by family and friends on Monday.

District 27 Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill said a court-appointed attorney will be sought for Hernandez through the Oklahoma Indigent Defense system.

“We want to make sure he’s fully represented at the earliest possible point in litigation,” Hill said.

Hernandez could face life without parole or life with the possibility of parole on both first-degree murder counts.

“We could potentially request death as an option,” Hill explained. “That decision has not been made by the district attorney yet.”

Hernandez was just released from prison one week before the incident on another assault and battery with a dangerous or deadly weapon conviction.

Hernandez remains in custody at the Sequoyah County jail with no bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 10.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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