After almost five hours of deliberation, the jury in the Rebecca Bryan first-degree murder case found the Mustang woman guilty of killing her husband, Keith Bryan, on Sept. 20, 2011. The jury also recommended the maximum penalty available against Bryan, life in prison without the possibility of parole. Canadian County District Court Judge Gary Miller scheduled Bryan's formal sentencing for July 9. He also asked that a pre-sentence report be initiated.
“You could make the argument of Emily Helms being one of the top athletes ever to wear a Mustang Bronco uniform. She has seven state championships and numerous all-state selections in her career. It was an honor coaching her this year.” -- Mustang High School track coach Eric Peterson on Emily Helms, who earned her seventh individual state championship during the state track meet last weekend. The senior graduates next week and will move on to Oklahoma State University, where she will run cross country.
As the first-degree murder trial of a Mustang woman moves into its second week, interest has spread far beyond Canadian County.
Producers with CBS’ "48 Hours" followed the preliminary trial of Rebecca Bryan, accused of the September 2011 shooting death of her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. Since Rebecca Bryan’s trial began May 6, those involved with the show have been in the courtroom, documenting a story that could air in several months, they said.
The true crime program has been broadcast on CBS since 1988. It airs at 9 p.m. Saturdays.