- Ada, Oklahoma

December 6, 2012

Campbell murder trial delayed

Eric Swanson Staff Writer
The Ada News

Ada —  

The trial for a Byng man accused of killing his wife has been delayed at the defense’s request, assistant Pontotoc County District Attorney Jim Tillison said Wednesday.

Johnny Q. Campbell’s trial was originally slated to begin this week in Pontotoc County District Court, but it was postponed recently because the defense is trying to line up expert witnesses, Tillison said. A pretrial conference in the case is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20, but the trial has not been rescheduled yet.

Campbell, 39, is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 1 death of his 33-year-old wife, Jennifer Campbell. 

Campbell was arrested early the next morning in a wooded field west of his home, according to an affidavit in the case. He later told police that he had argued with his wife over the fact that he left his rifle next to the back door, and he picked up the rifle and began to walk toward the back spare bedroom when he “snapped” and shot his wife.

Campbell’s attorney, Elton Jenkins of Norman, said he sought the delay so he could get an evaluation related to the defense. He declined to comment further.