'Serial killer' pleads guilty to killing Norman man, gets life without parole
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
NORMAN — A man described by a criminal profiler as a serial killer pleaded guilty Wednesday to the November stabbing death of retired social worker Clair Owen Pollard.
Billy Dean Battenfield, who had been convicted of three murders before Wednesday, was sentenced by a Cleveland County judge to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In court, the 59-year-old Battenfield confirmed that a signed statement about his involvement in the slaying was true.
The statement indicated he assisted an accomplice, Brandon Reed, but that he wasn't the aggressor in the killing.
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Billy Dean Battenfield is led to his preliminary hearing in the Cleveland County Courthouse on July 12 in Norman. STEVE SISNEY/NewsOK.com