Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 7, 2013

Tragic death now has murder charge

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — First it was assault, now it’s murder — that’s the new criminal charge faced by an Elmore City man accused of causing the physical injuries that resulted in his girlfriend’s death.

The formal allegation against Brandon Shane Christian, 30, is second-degree murder in connection to the death of Desiree Hill, 32.

It was last week when Christian himself, along with a family member, drove Hill to Pauls Valley General Hospital’s emergency room. They had come from a rural residence near the community of Katie where Christian and Hill have resided together for more than a year.

At the time she was unresponsive as Hill was described as having visible trauma to her body, along with internal injuries.

Hill was reported to have a significant injury to the brain which officials believe may have led to her death.

Hill was initially listed in critical condition after being taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. A few days later she succumbed to the injuries and passed away the evening of June 27.

Christian was initially arrested and held in Garvin County jail on an assault complaint. With Hill’s passing the formal charge filed against him is instead a murder allegation.

Documents filed in Garvin County District Court on July 3 show Christian is accused of assaulting Hill between June 1 and June 24 and causing the injuries that ultimately resulted in her death.

The same affidavit show Christian claimed Hill’s injuries were caused when she had overdosed on pills and fell face down into a residential floor.

Garvin County’s sheriff, Larry Rhodes, has said his office’s investigation shows there’s been a history of significant abuse and violence by Christian against Hill dating back to early 2012.

One came in August last year as a sheriff’s office incident report alleges Christian threatened to kill Hill.

In fact, Christian had a couple of criminal charges filed against him in 2012 involving Hill, including threatening phone calls and assault.

The most recent incident came in the early morning hours of June 24 when Hill was taken to the PV hospital. She was pronounced dead three days later at the OU Trauma Center in Oklahoma City.

Any preliminary findings on the cause of death have not been made available after an autopsy was performed by the state medical examiner’s office.

As part of the sheriff’s investigation Hill’s father told authorities he often saw bruises on her.

After one of those alleged assaults he claimed to help on June 11 move her belongings out of the residence she shared with Christian. At that time she apparently complained of injuries and received medical treatment in Duncan.

It’s also believed Hill once suffered a broken nose and ribs from an assault by Christian.

Although unrelated to Hill, there were also a couple of sexual assault cases against Christian in recent years, along with a formal allegation accusing him of assaulting his own mother.

In this case, Rhodes said it one of the worst he’s ever seen

“This is one of the most disturbing cases of domestic abuse I have seen in my 25 years in law enforcement,” Rhodes said.

“No woman should ever have to be subjected to this kind of physical abuse. It is unfortunate the abuse alleged in this case has led to the untimely death of Desiree Hill.”

As for Christian, he spent a handful of days at an Oklahoma City hospital after he swallowed parts of a cellmate’s glasses when they were being held in the county jail here. The incident came one day after Hill’s death.