Felon charged as accessory in man’s murder

Two other defendants already in Canadian County Jail after victim’s burned body found in car

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Samuel R. Parsons

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

A convicted felon has been charged in connection with the murder of a man found shot to death in a burned vehicle in southeast Canadian County.

Samuel R. Parsons, 23, was charged Nov. 13 in Canadian County District Court with accessory to first-degree murder.

Assistant District Attorney Austin T. Murrey alleges Parsons helped conceal evidence “which would incriminate” Kristina M. Franz in murder of Richard Pierce “with the intent to aid her in escaping arrest and detention,” court documents show.

Kristina M. Franz

Oklahoma City’s Franz, 28, and Midwest City’s Johnathon R. Erickson, 28, were both charged Oct. 16 with first-degree murder for their role in Pierce’s death.

Prosecutors allege Franz shot Pierce in the head with a handgun, killing him, while she and Erickson were committing an armed robbery.

First responders were called to a reported car fire about 9 a.m. Oct. 4 near S.W. 104th and Morgan Road.

After the fire was extinguished, a body was found inside burned beyond recognition. Oklahoma City police investigators determined the victim sustained injuries consistent with a homicide before the fire started.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify Pierce, 42, as the victim.

PISTOL FOUND

Johnathon R. Erickson

Oklahoma City police officers on Oct. 7 arrested Franz and Erickson in the 4200 block of Athens Avenue in Oklahoma City.

“Erickson stated Kristine Franz told him she killed the victim,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by police inspector Ken Whitebird.

“She told Erickson she shot the subject in the head. The information about the location of the gunshot was not released to the public and would be information only an individual involved in the homicide would know.”

Oklahoma City police detectives on Oct. 7 found a 25-caliber semi-automatic pistol and several items belonging to the victim in Franz’s apartment, according to Whitebird’s affidavit.

Franz and Erickson – who face death, life in prison or life without parole if convicted – were booked Oct. 8 into the Canadian County Jail on first-degree murder complaints.

Franz has a pending felony charge in Oklahoma County for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Erickson has a previous felony conviction in Canadian County for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and a pending charge of possession of stolen property and possession of meth in Oklahoma County.

Meanwhile, Parsons was booked Nov. 6 into the Canadian County Jail on the accessory to first-degree murder complaint.

Parsons has previous felony convictions in Oklahoma and Tillman counties for aggravated assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery on a juvenile detention facility employee, assault and battery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree burglary, and concealing stolen property.