US grand jury indicts man in 3 Oklahoma slayings

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned three murder indictments against a former Oklahoma death row inmate whose state murder convictions and death sentences were overturned by a federal appeals court.

U.S. Attorney mark Green said Wednesday that 51-year-old David Magnan of McAlester was indicted by a federal grand jury in Muskogee. Magnan is charged with three counts of murder in Indian country.

The indictment alleges that on March 2nd, 2004, Magnan killed James Howard, Karen Wolf and Lucilla McGirt by shooting them with a firearm in Seminole County. If convicted, Magnan officials say could be sentenced to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A federal appeals court ruled in June that the crimes occurred in Indian country and that only the federal government had authority to prosecute Magnan.

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