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Oklahoma News

May 9, 2013

Alleged accessory in court today in cold case

BRISTOW (AP) — A northeast Oklahoma man faces a court hearing today on a complaint that he botched a pair of undercover surveillance attempts while investigators looked into the 1992 disappearance and subsequent deaths of three Oklahoma City-area people.

Grover Prewitt Jr., 59, of Bristow, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

While no one has been charged in the deaths of Wendy Camp, 23; her 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto; or Camp’s sister-in-law, 22-year-old Lisa Kregear, prosecutors have said Prewitt deliberately interfered with attempts to prosecute his late mother, Ida Prewitt, and other family members.

Prosecutors told The Associated Press this week they circled back to the Camp case following the death of Ida Prewitt, who was the grandmother of Camp’s ex-husband. Grover Prewitt ultimately led prosecutors to where he believed the three bodies were buried; their remains were recovered April 16.

Grover Prewitt agreed last month to wear a wire to elicit incriminating statements from family members, but Agent Melissa Gann of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said he interrupted one sister’s remarks and fiddled with the wires in front of another, blowing his cover.

Typically, informants can ask courts for mercy if they provide material assistance to investigators, Creek County District Attorney Max Cook said. While there are no guarantees a judge will accept recommendations for mercy, many judges consider a witness’ help.

“I believe he has lost that opportunity,” said Lincoln County District Attorney Richard Smothermon.

Cook, Smothermon and another prosecutor are involved in the case because it crosses county lines. The Prewitt family lives at Bristow in Creek County. A family member says she dropped off the three victims in the Lincoln County city of Chandler and the bodies were found near Jennings, in Pawnee County.

Prewitt was still being held Thursday at the Creek County jail. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Beverly Noe, Grover Prewitt’s sister, said she last saw the three females at the Wal-Mart store in Chandler on May 29, 1992. Noe has not been charged.

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