Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Skiatook Man

Michael Stanley

The Osage County District Attorney's Office plans to seek the death penalty for a 20-year-old man accused of killing his sister and great grandmother.

Prosecutors charged Michael Stanley with first degree murder in January after Esther Driskell and Larisa Fraley were found dead. Driskell was found inside her Skiatook home and Fraley in a rural area of Osage County.

Court records indicate that District Attorney Rex Duncan presented a "Bill of Particulars" stating Stanley should received the death penalty. The document alleges that he "knowingly created a great risk of death to more than one person."

Prosecutors described that the murders were "heinous, atrocious and cruel involving mental and/or physical torture" and "committed for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest or prosecution."

Stanley was arrested two days after Driskell and Fraley were found dead. He has pleaded not guilty during previous court proceedings, according to court records.

He is due back in court in June.