Earl Oswalt, a Stillwater man accused of killing Chelsey Chaffin and throwing her body in the Cimarron River, was officially charged Thursday in Payne County with one count of murder in the second degree. Alternatively, the charge is also listed as first-degree manslaughter under Oklahoma law but carries the same penalty. The Payne County District Attorney's office postponed official charges last week to determine the degree of homicide.
Oswalt, 54, is due back in court this afternoon. He is accused of killing Chaffin, 29, shortly after she moved into Oswalt’s home in Stillwater. Chaffin, originally from Hutchison, Kansas, had only been living in Stillwater for a few months, according to her family in Kansas.
The probable cause affidavit from the Payne County Sheriff’s Office was entered into court records as well, Thursday. According to deputies, Oswalt admitted in an interview to striking and killing Chaffin after she threatened another resident of the house. The affidavit also states that Oswalt told deputies he and the other resident brought Chaffin to the Cimarron River bridge north of Ripley on State Highway 108 and threw her into the river.
This story will be updated.