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February 1, 2014

City officer faces four felony charges

Ridley charged with kidnapping, assault, sodomy and a firearm possession count

A Muskogee police officer who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his wife was formally charged Friday with four felonies.

Mark Vernon Ridley Jr., 39, of Oktaha faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, forcible sodomy, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

District Judge Mike Norman announced that Ridley would continue to be held with no bond in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility.

District Attorney Larry Moore has requested to be recused or disqualified from the case. Moore’s request was sent to the state attorney general’s office because of Ridley’s close association with the district attorney’s office.

This is the second time Moore has requested to be recused from a case involving Ridley. The first request was sent in January after allegations of sexual assault, assault, stalking and harassment of Misty Ridley surfaced.

Delaware and Ottawa counties District Attorney Eddie Wyant was appointed to prosecute the sexual assault case. Moore expects that Wyant also will be appointed to prosecute Ridley’s latest case.

According to a court affidavit and court records, Ridley assaulted Misty Ridley on Wednesday evening by ramming her Pontiac G6 with his Chevrolet pickup, and causing her to run off the road. He then allegedly forced her at gunpoint, using a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver, to get into his vehicle and the drove back to his residence in Oktaha.

Misty Ridley filed for divorce on Dec. 31. A temporary restraining order had been placed on Mark Ridley on the same day, but was dismissed Jan. 15.

A protective order was filed and to be served to Mark Ridley on Jan. 30, the same day the alleged felonies occurred.

Mark Ridley will appear at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 before Special District Judge Robin Adair for a preliminary hearing. At the end of the hearing, Adair will determine if Ridley should stand trial.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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