Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Oklahoma Murder Case

Prosecutors in Pottawatomie County are seeking the death penalty against Glendon Gouker, 39, who is accused of murdering 19-year-old Ethan Walton and raping and sexually assaulting Walton's 20-year-old girlfriend.  Gouker's sister, Michele Gouker, 29, is accused as an accomplice in the case.

Murder Charges in Pottawatomie County

The case began on September 8, when Ethan Walton went to the Gouker residence to try to finalize the sale of some property to Glendon Gouker.  According to Walton's girlfriend, she waited in the car while Walton went in to wrap up the deal.  Gouker then came to the car and said she was needed to witness the signing of the sale documents. 

She alleges that Gouker covered her mouth and threatened to kill her if she did not comply with his demands, and he raped her and tied her to the shed.  She says her returned and raped her two more times over the next several hours before moving her into the house and tying her to a bed.  The victim alleges that Michele Gouker checked on her several times to be sure she was still tied up. 

The victim was able to free herself and grab a knife from a nearby gun rack.  When Michele Gouker tried to check on her again, the woman slashed Gouker's hands and wrists, jumped from a window, and ran naked to a neighbor's house. Investigators discovered Ethan Walton's body in a 55-gallon drum on the Goukers' property.  They also found rope tied to the headboard of a bed in the Gouker home and a .380 caliber pistol with blood on it.

As a result of the murder and rape, Glendon Gouker is being held without bail on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and four counts of oral sodomy.  

Murder Defense

Gouker's Oklahoma criminal defense attorney voiced concerns that his client will be unable to have an impartial trial if the case is tried in Pottawatomie County. Michele Gouker has been charged with kidnapping, shooting with intent to kill and unlawful possession of a controlled drug in Oklahoma.   Bail for Michele Gouker is set at $1 million.

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