Woman charged in oilman's death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County prosecutors have charged a
woman with first-degree murder in the death of an oilman.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alessa Reneatta Ryder is accused of fatally stabbing 55-year-old James Christopher Devine on May 3rd at his home. She remains in the Oklahoma County jail.

According to a court affidavit by detective Roland Garrett, Ryder said she was at Devine's house smoking crack and got upset that she wasn't achieving the high she needed. Garrett's affidavit says she began hearing voices which told her to rob and kill the victim, who was her friend.

Officers went to Devine's residence to perform a welfare check and found him inside. He was taken to OU Medical Center where he later died.

In the 1980s, Devine formed Chris Devine Oil and Gas Properties and HP Oil and Gas. He later formed Osage Oil and Gas.


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