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    Death Penalty Off the Table for Martin High in 2011 OK Slaying of Glenn Brownlee

    Stakes go way up in murder case

    By Barry Porterfield
    Pauls Valley Democrat

    The stakes have just gone way up for a Wynnewood man accused of brutally beating an elderly man to death in his own home nearly two years ago.

    Prosecutors have filed a single piece of paper that formally seeks the death penalty if Martin High, 42, is found guilty of murdering 84-year-old Glenn Brownlee.

    Brownlee was attacked and killed in his Wynnewood residence in late September 2011.

    The brutality of Brownlee’s death, caused by being beaten with some type of blunt instrument, led to state officials filing the bill of particulars document in Garvin County District Court asking for the death penalty in this case.

    On the other side, defense attorneys have filed a number of motions, including one requesting a hearing on the admissibility of any statements made by High to authorities.

    The claim here is the defendant’s statements were “involuntarily and unknowingly” given to police.

    It was back on Sept. 29, 2011 when Brownlee’s body was found in his home by local police, who were called to the South Long residence in Wynnewood to check on the man’s welfare.

    The body was discovered with what was described as “lots of blood on the floor.”

    From the beginning Wynnewood police have said Brownlee died from severe trauma to the head. Robbery is being considered a possible motive in the beating death.

    A few weeks later High was arrested on the allegation he used a sledge hammer to batter open the door of another Wynnewood residence.

    A formal charge in that case was later dropped and a new one added on the allegation he used a hammer to break out a glass door and enter a Wynnewood store. This second case is still pending against High.

    After High’s initial arrest he told authorities he had heard about Brownlee’s death but denied any involvement.

    A jury trial in the case is currently scheduled to get started on Sept. 9.

    http://paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com/...in-murder-case
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    Death penalty off the table

    By Barry Porterfield
    Pauls Valley Democrat

    The death penalty is now off the table for a Wynnewood murder defendant accused of brutally killing a man nearly three years ago.
    Listening intently while dressed in an orange inmate suit, Martin High was in a Pauls Valley courtroom Monday as his defense team announced prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty.
    In exchange the defense has agreed to drop its right to a jury trial and instead have District Judge Greg Dixon oversee the future proceeding.
    High, 43, is formally accused of beating 84-year-old Glenn Brownlee to death in his own Wynnewood home back in 2011.
    Lasting only a few minutes, the agreement was announced during a status conference in the case.
    It was defense attorney Bobby Lewis who announced the agreement with state prosecutors.
    “We have an agreement where our client will waive his right to a jury trial and the state will drop the Bill of Particulars,” Lewis said about the document showing the state’s original intention to seek the death penalty.
    On the state’s side District Attorney Greg Mashburn told the judge the agreement had been reached by both sides in the case.
    “The state moves to dismiss the death penalty if the defense waives its right to a jury trial,” Mashburn said.
    He added the state reserves the right to again seek the death penalty if High’s defense fails to follow through with the waiver.
    After a few minutes of discussion the group agreed on Dec. 8 as the date for the start of High’s non-jury trial overseen by Dixon.
    During the hearing Lewis also announced the defense was ready to move forward after High was evaluated and found to be mentally competent.
    “We have two mental health reports, and the defense is ready to proceed,” Lewis said.
    “Those reports show Mr. High is competent to stand trial. I have no doubts about his present competency.”
    A ruling also came Monday allowing for the state to receive a DNA sample from the defendant.
    Dixon stressed a ruling still hasn’t been made on the admissibility of the state’s comparisons between that sample and blood found on clothing in High’s residence a couple of days after Brownlee’s death.
    It was back on Sept. 29, 2011 when Brownlee’s body was found in his home by local police.
    The body was discovered with what was described as “lots of blood on the floor.”
    Officials have said Brownlee died from severe trauma to the head by an assailant using some type of blunt instrument. Robbery has been considered as a possible motive in the killing.
    From the beginning High has denied having any involvement in Brownlee’s death.

    http://www.paulsvalleydailydemocrat....-off-the-table

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