Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies have identified a man who was electrocuted at a radio tower outside Sand Springs early Sunday, and a woman was arrested in connection with the death.
Albert Badger, 39, was found with cable cutters still attached to a nearby power supply and had burn marks on his body, according to an arrest report. His reported girlfriend, Angie West, 37, was booked into the Tulsa County jail on Sunday night on a complaint of first-degree murder. Prosecutors charged her on Monday, however, only with one count of entering with intent to steal copper, a felony.
Casey Roebuck, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said another man who was found wounded at the radio tower also will be arrested on a murder complaint upon his release from a hospital, with other arrests possible.
A felony murder charge can be filed when a death occurs while the defendant was in the commission of a felony crime.
Deputies responded to the radio tower about 10 a.m. Sunday after an engineer found one man dead and another wounded at the base of the KRMG-AM radio tower at 5801 S. 265th West Ave., according to an arrest report. The engineer reportedly found the men about 9 a.m. after coming to investigate why the signal was down at the tower.
The wounded man was taken to Saint Francis Hospital. His name had not been released Monday.
In a Sunday evening interview with investigators, West reportedly said she drove the men to two locations in an attempt to steal copper.
Near the radio tower, West reportedly fell asleep in the car and awoke about 8 a.m. with the men not having returned. West then left the area believing the men fled after police had arrived, and she told police it wasn’t uncommon for the men to flee, according to an arrest report.
According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Badger was on GPS supervision on a 2011 conviction for manufacturing a controlled substance in Tulsa County. He also had served time for stealing copper in Rogers County.