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January 5, 2013

Suspect in Nevada woman's death was on probation

— TULSA — A teenager charged with murder was on court-supervised probation when he was arrested in connection with the slaying of a Nevada woman who was visiting her parents in Oklahoma, records show.

A prosecutor filed first-degree murder and burglary charges against the 14-year-old last week in the December shooting death of Mary Escue, 47, of Reno, Nev.

A not-guilty plea was entered on the teen's behalf on the murder charge, the Tulsa World reported Saturday. The Tulsa County Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent the teen, who is due in court Feb. 14.

Juvenile records show the teen was placed on probation in May after he was found delinquent on a Creek County charge of cruelty to animals, the World reported.

He and another teen were accused of stabbing a pig in a livestock show barn in 2011.

In July, the teen was ordered to remain on probation after being charged with assault and battery, the World reported. He and two other juveniles were accused of choking and punching another person in February, according to charges filed in Tulsa County juvenile court.

Last month, authorities said the teen — an eighth grader — shot Escue, whose body was found at her parents' home in Jenks.

Police said the teen broke in through a bathroom window to look for money, shot Escue in the house and stole her car.

Escue was in Oklahoma to visit family and attend a graduation.

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