Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Murdering minister may go free

LEXINGTON, Okalhoma - The state Pardon and Parole Board has recommended early release for a man sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife and mother-in-law in front of his daughter.

Earl D. Cooper, 72, was convicted of the 1972 murders in Pittsburg County. Cooper is an ordained minister who also has been convicted of assault and battery four times.

The board recommended he be moved to a community-level facility and then be released to parole with psychological counseling.

A parole investigator previously had recommended Cooper be released based on good behavior.

The governor has the final say on all board recommendations.

The monthly parole board meeting was at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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