Stillwater News Press

May 29, 2013

District attorney wants death penalty for Cushing murder

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty for two men charged with stabbing a Cushing woman to death.

Justin Allen Kelley, 31, of Stillwater and Denny Sisney, 35, with no address, were charged with first degree murder Wednesday morning. District Attorney Tom Lee filed two bills of particulars arguing for them to be sentenced to death. Both men's violent criminal histories and the cruelty of the murder to warrant death were cited in the bills.

According to the district attorney's office, Kelley and Sisney lured 32-year old Cushing resident Amber Nicole Sporleder to an isolated area northeast of Cushing and stabbed her in the neck with a knife causing her to bleed to death.

Both have previous violent felony convictions. Kelley was found guilty of assault and battery and domestic abuse in the presence of a child. Sisney was convicted of domestic abuse by strangulation and assault and battery on a police officer.

Both are scheduled to appear in court June 5 with legal counsel.

A passerby discovered the Sporleder's body near Harmony Road, a half mile north or East River Bend Road, northeast of Cushing Friday morning. The Payne County Sheriff’s Office asked the OSBI to assist with the homicide investigation.

Agents developed leads throughout the day. They arrested Sisney and Justin Allen Kelleymen Friday night on complaints of murder.