The retrial of Lance Solomon for the alleged murder of James Fox in southern Logan County in December of 2014 got underway this week. The jury was selected on Monday and Tuesday with 60 prospective jurors called in for the jury pool. The jury is made up of six women and six men with two alternates. The first trial was a mistrial in October 2017 after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
The jury heard two days of testimony from ten witnesses through Thursday, with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) agent Mike Dean still on the stand when the case adjourned Thursday night for the week. The jury has heard from a Texas Ranger investigator, a Mississippi Department of Public Safety investigator, the Walmart loss prevention manager, the Arvest Bank employee, the OSBI crime scene technician, neighbors, and other friends that are involved with the case either through the investigation or had contact with Solomon and Fox prior to the homicide.
The jury also heard from a witness from Utah on Thursday and that testimony was then stricken by Judge Louis Duel after the defense attorney Al Hoch brought up the relevance of the testimony. The judge agreed that the testimony was not what he was told in a prior motion the testimony would be and the jury was advised to disregard the woman’s testimony. The court also allowed prior testimony to be read into the record in front of the jury from a witness who was unable to appear as he missed his flight from Houston, Texas.
Dean took the stand at 3:15 Thursday afternoon and was still being questioned by the prosecution when court adjourned at 5 p.m. Among the items of evidence Dean identified were pictures of Fox’s car that was recovered in Mississippi and lots of phone records from Fox’s cellphones and other cellphones that might be involved in the case. Dean also laid out a timeline of Solomon’s alleged travels from Fox’s house to Oklahoma City to Mesquite, Texas to Houston to Mississippi.
Solomon was eventually arrested in Michigan in January 2015 and returned to Oklahoma in June 2015 on an extradition warrant.
The trial restarts Monday morning at 9 a.m. with Dean finishing up his testimony. The medical examiner is also expected to testify early next week.