WEWOKA – Ginger Dawn Paul, 30, accused in the double murder of a woman and her son in the rural Seminole County community of Wolf, will not be facing a trial by jury previously scheduled for May 8, according to District Judge Gary Snow.  After the defendant waived her right to a speedy trial, Snow sustained a joint motion for continuance at the court conference held April 20.

Paul and her attorney, L. Wayne Woodyard, have reached a tentative agreement with District Attorney Bill Peterson and Assistant District Attorney Timothy Olsen, and are scheduled to enter a plea at 9 .am. May 8.

“We have reached a tentative agreement in substance with the defense and expect to have the details negotiated for a guilty plea on the 8th,” Peterson said.

The felony information against Paul and co-defendant Marlin Resinger III was filed March 24, 2005, charging them with conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with a firearm, two counts of first degree murder and first degree arson in the deaths of Laurie Thompson Walchusky, 47, and son Brandon Thompson, 17, both of Maud.  At an initial appearance on the same date, Judge Gayla Arnold ordered Paul held without bond at the jail in Wewoka.  Walchusky was the fiance of Ginger Paul’s adoptive father, Andy Paul.  The double murders occurred March 3, 2005, in the home of Andy Paul while he was at work as a prison guard.

The bill of particulars, filed by Olsen, stated “The murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.  The evidence will be that the victims were not dressed at the time of the murder and that the mother and son were killed in front of each other. They both received gunshot and or blunt trauma to the head. Both bodies were burned. The defendants robbed the victims and then killed the victims for the purpose of not having witnesses to the crime. In addition, the arson created a great risk of death to others.” 

Snow ruled statements made by Ginger Paul to OSBI Agent Gary Perkinson after her arrest were admissible in that she initiated the communication that led to statements on two occasions voluntarily after being advised of her rights and waiving the right to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney.   

Paul and Resinger are accused of using a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun to murder Walchusky and Thompson and of stealing several items, including firearms, a personal computer, a handbag and a gun safe, according to prosecution. 

After the double murder, a witness said Paul and Resinger went to her home to shower and do laundry and that Resinger was showing off a handgun to a witness that he had tucked in his pants.  The witness told the pair she needed to go to the store. Paul decided to go with her and made a confession during the trip.  The witness testified Paul told her Resinger had shot people and made her help him.

The bodies of Walchusky and Thompson were found by firefighters and a manhunt that lasted several hours and spanned several counties resulted in the arrest of Paul and Resinger.  Muskogee county officers captured the pair after a brief chase in Sequoyah County.

Attorneys for the two defendants were able to convince Snow that they should be tried separately as each claimed the other was responsible for the crimes committed.

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