Local Lawman - OSBI Agent of the Year

The following is a news release from the OSBI:

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has awarded southeast regional Special Agent David Seals the bureau’s top honor. Seals was presented the Agent of the Year award for solving two old homicide cases one dating back more than a decade.

December 6, 1994, the bodies of James and Lena West were found inside their home. After years of intense investigation, Agent Seals developed possible suspects in the case. Despite overwhelming obstacles placed before him, Agent Seals diligently worked the case, tracked down numerous leads, and continued to press prosecuting authorities to file charges. Eventually, two of the three suspects died. Finally, after having expert crime scene reconstruction work performed and obtaining DNA, Agent Seals convinced the district attorney to file charges against the final living suspect, Maurice Miller.

During the same time period, Agent Seals filed charges in another homicide case that had occurred in May 1997. The victim was shot to death at a friend’s home in Marshall County. The suspect claimed the shooting was accidental. However, in late 2004, the suspect’s story began to fall apart. Agent Seals took advantage of the new information, investigated new leads, and filed murder charges on two suspects in April 2005.

A photo of OSBI Director DeWade Langley presenting Seals with the award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City can be found on the OSBI website at www.osbi.state.ok.us. Please use it if you wish.

The Agent of the Year award is reserved for the one agent, who, above all others, demonstrates outstanding service, serves as an example to other employees, displays qualities of ability, leadership, motivation, and ingenuity, and through whose efforts furthers the goals of the OSBI.

Agent David Seals has been employed by the State of Oklahoma since 1985 and has worked in Oklahoma City, Antlers and Ardmore OSBI offices. He has been assigned as resident agent in Ardmore since 1991 and was appointed by the Governor to the Oklahoma Board of Polygraph Examiners where he has served as Chairman since 2003. Seals earned a Masters Degree in Administrative Science from East Central University in Ada and is an adjunct professor for the Police Science Department of Oklahoma State University/OKC. Seals serves as a Sergeants Major in the Oklahoma National Guard. He has been married for more than 20 years, has three children and regularly volunteers with the Boys Scouts of America, Ardmore Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and his local church.


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