Okla. DA seeking death penalty in 1986 murder case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County prosecutors say an
anonymous phone call concerning a prison confession led them to
seek the death penalty against a suspect in a 1986 homicide case.

Because 45-year-old Kyle Richard Eckardt already has been arraigned, prosecutors must ask a judge for permission to pursue the death penalty in the case. District Judge Lisa Davis has scheduled an Aug. 18 hearing.

Eckardt has pleaded not guilty to killing 41-year-old Kathy Sue Engle, who was abducted on April 23, 1986, at an Oklahoma City mall. Her body was found a week later in far western Oklahoma.

Prosecutors have said DNA evidence from Engle's car linked Eckardt to her death. They say information from the April 2007 anonymous call to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation gave them new insight into how Engle died.

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