TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for the third time for a pair accused of beating a man to death.
First-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery charges were filed in February against Jerry Noel Self Jr., 60, and Candis Deanne Morrison, 56, both of Tahlequah, after they allegedly attacked Brian Stephen Slover, 46, Tahlequah.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reports, the victim was found with severe head wounds near the Illinois River on Feb. 12 and was flown to a Tulsa hospital. The victim died the next day without regaining consciousness.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty on March 14. The next court date is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, with Judge Gary Huggins presiding.
Reports state Slover was an overnight guest at Self's residence, and after Slover left, Self became convinced Slover had stolen methamphetamine from his home.
Self and Morrison found Slover parked in his vehicle under the U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Illinois River, east of Tahlequah, and the pair allegedly punched Slover repeatedly and threw rocks at him before he fled.
Documents state Morrison followed Slover for about 100 yards to a truck parked in a driveway, and when he walked behind the truck and collapsed, she returned to Self. They then took Slover's vehicle and parked it in Self's garage as compensation for the money Self lost on the missing methamphetamine.
CCSO deputies' reports also included an account that Self tried to sell Slover's vehicle. Authorities found Slover's vehicle near an abandoned mobile home in the Woodall area, and blood was found on the exterior.