Oklahoma Girl, 15, Pleads Not Guilty in Father's Murder

An Oklahoma girl accused of enticing her adult boyfriend to murder her father pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder last week in Logan County District Court.  Kayleigh Lynn Fryer, 15, was ordered to stand trial as an adult in the May 13, 2010 killing.

Circumstances of the Murder

According to Fryer's defense attorney, accusations of the girl's involvement in her father's murder are nothing more than the attempt of the actual killer to shift blame from himself in order to reach a plea agreement.  Fryer's married boyfriend, Jerry Jerone Chiles, Jr., 21 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the stabbing death of Lewis Keith Fryer. 

As part of the agreement, Chiles must offer his testimony against Fryer in exchange for a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. According to Chiles, Fryer told him that if he killed her father, the two lovers would be able to live together with her mother.  Chiles told prosecutors that Fryer arranged the killing, showing him where the knives were kept and leaving the back door of her father's house unlocked to provide access for the stabbing. 

Chiles admitted to having a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl, but claims he did not realize that 15 was below the legal age of consent under Oklahoma statutory rape laws. Kayleigh Fryer's Oklahoma violent crime lawyer says that Chiles's testimony is false. 

According to the defense attorney, such testimony comes from an unreliable witness who has a history of drug abuse and gang involvement.  He says that there is no evidence that Fryer was involved in her father's murder.  He refutes the details of Chiles's story, saying that Fryer and her mother both told the man that he could not live with Kayleigh at her mother's house, and that Chiles already knew where the knives were kept at the girl's father's house. Kayleigh Fryer was ordered to stand trial as an adult at her preliminary hearing in August.  A pretrial hearing is scheduled for December 10, 2010.

Read more at the Phillips & Associates homepage.