Stillwater News Press

April 23, 2014

District Attorney: Dawes no longer a danger

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee said it's unusual to post bond for first-degree murder except in special cases.

But at 97 years old, Russell Eugene Dawes was unable to sit or walk alone without a nurse's assistance in the county jail.  

Dawes is charged with the first-degree murder of his granddaughter Sonja James. He posted a  $25,000 cash bond on Tuesday.

Lee said the sheriff informed him that many trips to the hospital are a significant cost to the county.

"We agreed that Dawes would live with his daughter and wear an ankle monitor," Lee said. "In this case, he's no longer a danger because of immobility."

Court records show Dawes was in the hospital during a preliminary hearing scheduled  April 14.

A new court date is set for 9 a.m. May 21.