Trooper Killed: Trial Begins

5-9-05- The first-degree murder trial for a former Duncan firefighter accused of the shooting death of an Oklahoma Highway patrolman is scheduled to begin today in Comanche County.

30 year old Ricky Ray Malone is accused of murdering Trooper Nikky Green during a traffic stop on a Cotton County road just outside of Devol on December 26th, 2003.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in District Judge Mark R. Smith's courtroom and is expected to last up to two days.

The trial was moved to Comanche County because of scheduling
conflicts of expert witnesses and because Cotton County has only
two trial dockets each year.

District Attorney Robert Schulte plans to seek the death penalty.