Healdton Assault Victim Dies

09-05-06 - A 49-year-old Healdton woman who was assaulted in her own home a week ago has died.

Susan Emerson's dad found her unconscious last Monday evening in her home off Highway 76 north of Healdton. Authorities first thought she was shot, but then realized she was beaten with a kitchen utensil. She underwent surgery in an Oklahoma City hospital where she died over the weekend.

Leonard Needham was charged with assault. Police say Emerson met him at a party in Oklahoma City just hours before the incident. The District Attorney is looking over the case to determine whether those charges will change to murder.

Emerson leaves behind two daughters and a son.