Stillwater man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Justin Bean

A 24-year-old man is awaiting a hearing Oct. 26 to determine his prison sentence after he pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser charge in a 2017 homicide at Sequoyah Enterprises.

Justin Taylor Bean faces between 10 years to life in prison in the death of Terry Brown, who shared a residence with Bean at 101 E. 32nd Ave. before Bean fought him and put him in a chokehold Jan. 4, 2017, leading to Brown dying of cardiac arrest after losing consciousness. Bean wrote in a guilty plea document filed in Payne County District Court he might make additional statements at his sentencing hearing after a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report is produced to Judge Phillip Corley.

Bean was arrested at Stillwater Medical Center on Jan. 4, 2017, hours after Brown lost consciousness and became unresponsive due to an altercation between the two men. LifeNet personnel, a Stillwater Fire Department crew and Stillwater police officers found Brown, 44, unresponsive on the living room floor of the residence at the group home and were unable to resuscitate him before Brown was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Bean was arrested after SPD officers determined Brown's death was a homicide, and was originally charged with first-degree manslaughter while in the commission of a misdemeanor, the latter being assault and battery - the charge was later amended to first-degree murder. According to an affidavit filed in the case, Bean entered Brown's bedroom at about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 4, yelling at him and then punching him.

The affidavit reads that a third party, Kayla Burks, tried to stop the fight, but Bean shoved Burks into the wall. Burks called to another resident to go to a neighboring building for help. Bean continued to attack Brown and put him in a chokehold from behind with his right arm and locked it with his left arm until Brown stopped moving.

Bean was determined competent after a 45-minute interview in April 2017 with a forensic psychologist from the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. He revealed to psychologist Peter Rausch he had insomnia, was suffering from a seizure disorder, in a "depressed" mood and experiencing auditory hallucinations, or false perceptions. Rausch also mentioned in the report Bean said he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) as a child and had bipolar disorder. But concluded Bean was competent to assist in his defense.