Reece brothers due in court

Tim Hudson
Tyler Reece

After months of legal wrangling, the murder case against two Pawhuska brothers stemming from the September 2015 slaying of 46-year-old Osage County oilman Rick Holt is on course for preliminary hearing.

According to Osage County District Court Records, Jeremy Reece, 32, and Tyler Reece, 20, face preliminary hearing on March 6 on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping. Tyler Reece faces an additional charge of desecration of a human corpse.

The pair had been set for preliminary hearing on July 31, but the date was postponed. According to Osage County court records, the “Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of preliminary hearing in this case.”

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, however, denied the writ in December — paving the way for the prelim.

Holt was shot multiple times in September 2015 and buried in a shallow grave on Osage Nation tribal ground near Hominy. When investigators exhumed Holt’s body, it was also found that he had been burned.

Investigators believe the slaying resulted from a confrontation the brothers had with Holt over a romantic relationship he was having with Jeremy Reece’s ex-wife.

Because Holt’s body was found on tribal land, an Osage County judge had originally ruled that the Osage County District Attorney’s office lacked jurisdiction on the murder charges. But the ruling was overturned.

Officials with the U.S Attorney’s Office in Tulsa decided not to pursue federal murder charges in the case, reportedly due to “a lack of definitive proof” that the injuries which caused Holt’s death were inflicted on Indian land.

The mother of the Reece brothers, Ann Marie Reece, is charged as an accessory after-the-fact in the case. Her next court appearance is set for April 20.

The Reece brothers remain in the Osage County Jail on $1 million bail each.