A jury trial date has been set for a Pryor man accused of shooting and killing his wife last June outside of McAlister’s Deli in Bartlesville.
Johnie Dean Downey, 53, is set for jury trial on Aug. 20 on charges of first degree murder. He was previously bound over on charges of first-degree murder following a preliminary hearing on November 14. A cutoff for motions, amendments and endorsements has beenset for July 13.
Downey’s wife, 46-year-old Crista Arcella Downey, also of Pryor, was pronounced dead on June 13, 2017 in the parking lot of the Bartlesville restaurant after what initially had been reported as an accidental shooting.
According to case’s probable cause affidavit, officers heard radio traffic that “a woman was down in the parking lot of McAlister’s and had been possibly shot.” When units responded, BPD investigator Jim Warring said he saw a “large white male very distraught with officers.” The man was later identified as Johnie Downey. Warring further reported that firefighters who arrived on the scene immediately after the incident said the man was “standing over nurses from a nearby clinic attempting CPR.” When asked what happened, Downey reportedly said “he had shot her” and said the gun, a “Keltec P32, 32-caliber semi-auto pistol,” was in his pickup.
Officials from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office disclosed the gunshot that killed Crista Downey was to her “left side under the armpit area.”
Tests performed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation showed the trigger on the murder weapon had a “7 to 8 pound trigger pull and the only way it was found to discharge was by pulling the trigger.”
Police also contend that “the defendant’s pastor” contacted them on June 20 and reported that Downey had called him and made the statement: “Me and Crista had been talking and she was not going to come back home and I shot her.”
Downey remains in the Washington County Jail on $100,000 bail.