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May 26, 2014

Interest now fixed on murder case

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — There appears to be a lot of eyes looking in to see what happens with a murder case now going through the courts here in Garvin  County.

The reason is simple — the case appears to show domestic violence at its tragic worst.

Sharell Caton, executive director of the Family Crisis Center in Ada, has plenty of questions and concerns about the death of Desiree Hill last year, which now has 30-year-old Brandon Shane Christian of Elmore City facing a second-degree murder charge.

Caton sees this as a “good case study” for the tragedy that can happen when domestic violence falls through the cracks in the criminal justice system.

“I don’t want to say this is a Garvin County thing because it’s not,” Caton said. “It’s a good example of what’s going on all over the state.”

For that reason Caton is personally following the case by attending as many court hearings as possible.

It has also drawn the interest of a lot of other folks because of what Caton says is the domestic violence involved.

Thanks to Caton, groups like the state attorney general’s office and the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence are also paying close attention to what happens in the Christian murder case.

“There are a lot of people who are watching this case,” she said. “Since she (Hill) was someone we knew I contacted the attorney general’s office.

“There was a homicide in this case and because of the many prior people in Garvin County that are not being convicted of domestic violence. “They felt the system let her down.”

As for Caton, the Ada center she oversees offering services to Garvin County residents dealt with Hill over the past couple of years.

She recalls the battered women’s shelter in Ada first saw Hill when she was taken there in the summer of 2012 after she claimed to have been beaten up by Christian.

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