The Duncan Banner
Tuesday’s testimonies in Ricky Ray Malone’s re-sentencing trial at the Comanche County Courthouse proceeded chronologically from where they left off Monday. The focus of each witness was directed toward Malone’s demise into illicit drugs and behavior that eventually led to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nik Green’s death.
Malone’s sister, Tammy Sturdevant, took the stand first and described how and why she introduced Malone to methamphetamines after their mother’s death. She said they initially began using the drug socially in 2002, but eventually started manufacturing it, or “cooking it.”
During a meth-fueled alteration, Sturdevant described a hostile Malone that accused her of stealing some of his “stuff,” or meth.
“He told me ‘if you don’t give it to me I will kill you,’” she said. “Go ahead,” she responded.” Soon after the threat, she said she felt a bullet whirl within inches of her head.
“When you are on meth you think nothing can kill you,” she said when Gary Henry, Malone’s attorney, asked her why she told him to “go ahead.” “(Meth) is an evil thing.”
Smith called numerous former co-workers of Malone from when he was employed by Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Two of the witnesses said they began to see a distinct change in Malone’s personality and behavior. One said Malone had developed an obsession with firearms.
“He told me he had a gun fetish,” she said.
One of his former co-workers said Malone wasn’t allowed to drive the ambulance because of his “horrendous” driving record. Malone, one of the witnesses said, was terminated from Comanche County Memorial Hospital ambulance services after he allegedly transported a rifle he purchased in Oklahoma City back to Lawton.
“He told me he had spent more than $10,000 on weapons,” a witness said. “He said he was trying to buy one with every paycheck.”
Malone terminated from Duncan Fire Department
Malone’s employment with the Duncan Fire Department came into question during Tuesday’s proceedings. The subject wasn’t necessarily about his employment, but more so his termination. Smith called numerous witnesses to the stand to describe the circumstances that led to Malone’s termination as a firefighter.
The night of Sept. 8, 2003, Malone and another firefighter were the only two on duty in his station. The next morning the other firefighter found a plastic zip-bag with drug paraphernalia in it. That firefighter contacted the Duncan Police Department and after an investigation, Malone was terminated Sept. 23, 2003.
“He told me the drugs that were found did not belong to him,” DPD Capt. Jay Evans said.
Two months later, Malone found himself in trouble for drugs and weapons again. On Nov. 10, 2003, while observing Malone’s residence in Duncan, a DPD officer saw Malone enter his home. After backup arrived, the officers established a perimeter. While observing the vehicle Malone was driving, one of the officers discovered numerous weapons on the passenger seat of the truck. When the officer entered the garage, he saw a screen showing live images of officers at the front door. At that time the officer called the other men back and contacted the special response team.
After hours of trying to establish communication, Malone finally emerged from the house and claimed he was sleeping.
The state’s next two witnesses, a Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper and another DPD officer, detailed accounts of when they pulled Malone over Dec. 15, 2003 and Dec. 21, 2003 respectively. The latter landed Malone in trouble for drugs and weapons again.
Six weapons were found in Malone’s possession Dec. 21, 2003. Drugs and the items necessary to manufacture meth was also found including notebooks detailing the steps to manufacture meth, and numerous key ingredients to manufacture meth.
Five days later Malone murdered Green. It was pointed out by Henry that Malone cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation. Smith corrected Henry’s statements by saying Malone cooperated physically but continued to lie after he was arrested.
When observing Malone after the murder, one of the officers testified that Malone had numerous marks on his head and wrist indicating he had been involved in a scuffle. The marks on his wrist were, in fact, caused by the handcuffs Green strapped on to him during the altercation that cost Green his life.
“He said the marks on his wrist were caused by a garage door at his home,” an officer said.