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Trial date set for Ada teen accused of beating, robbing elderly man

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

ADA, OK - An Ada teen charged with beating, robbing and stabbing an elderly man last year has been found competent and ordered to stand trial.

Last year 86-year-old Claude Arterburn narrowly escaped death after he was brutally beaten, stabbed, robbed and left for dead inside his Ada home.

Trey Irvin, Daniel Vivier and Grant Johnson, all under the age of 20, are charged with the crime.

"It was on a Sunday when they did that to me, I know that," Arterburn said. "I don't know how long I laid there and they said the whole house was scattered with blood."

Arterburn's daughter Shirley Phillips said, "To me what makes Daniel probably the worst of the three that have been accused is the fact that he knew Popa, he befriended him, him and his parents."

"They got into my dresser drawers and stole some stuff that money wouldn't buy," Arterburn said. "It was just that close to me. My wife's stuff was in there. I wouldn't have took nothing for it."

Irvin was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the crime, Johnson is still in jail awaiting trial scheduled May 1, but Vivier was found incompetent.

"He was evaluated here but a local psychologist," Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said. "I am not certain exactly who evaluated him here. They felt that he needed further evaluation to determine what was going on with him."

"Jim Tillison from the Pontotoc County District Attorney's Office contacted me, I think it was last week, and told me that Daniel had been brought back to Pontotoc County," Phillips said.

Records show further evaluation proved Vivier was competent to stand trial and he is scheduled to appear before a judge Sept. 18.

"He was able to completely fool the lady that was doing the evaluation," Phillips said. "She totally believed him. When Jim Tillison put her on the stand and questioned her about her findings she was totally convinced that he was incompetent. And then word got back to us that when he went back to the jail he was laughing and said, 'I totally fooled her.'"

Arterburn, who just celebrated his 86th birthday, said he can sleep better at night knowing all three teens charged with his brutal beating can now be brought to justice.


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