Serial killer's letter highlights Oklahoma's county jail backlog problem
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Monday, January 21, 2013
NORMAN — A letter from a convicted murderer to the Cleveland County judge who sentenced him to life in prison last fall illustrates the state's ongoing battle with what prison officials call county jail backlog.
Billy Dean Battenfield was convicted of his fourth murder in September after he pleaded guilty to the brutal slaying of Clair Owen Pollard, a retired social worker who originally lived in Maine.
Battenfield also was convicted of three murders in Texas and New Mexico in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The convict, who was described by a former FBI profiler as “serial killer,” had already spent more than half his life behind bars when he killed Pollard in late November 2011.
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Billy Dean Battenfield