TISHOMINGO, OK - One of three people arrested in the brutal murder of a Johnston County woman two and a half years ago has pleaded guilty.
Oklahoma court records show 21-year-old Angel Cassa of Tishomingo accepted a plea deal from prosecutors today. Cassa pleaded guilty to second degree murder and first degree arson and was given 35 years on each count.
Investigators alleged Cassa and two men, Roy Zornes and James Baker, raped and murdered 60-year-old Jane Bullard, a well known teacher at Murray State College, and then set fire to her home near Ravia in March 2010.
The state dropped all charges against Baker last March due to what they called "evidentiary issues". Eight months later Zornes was found incompetent to stand trial. He is now in a Norman mental facility.