STILLWATER — Three days after 14-year-old Maria Lynn Wiley admitted in juvenile court that she had killed a Cushing woman, the victim’s fiance pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of Wiley, while she was a runaway in possession of drugs.
Two months before Alecia Rena Dean, 23, was fatally stabbed, her fiance, Joel Paul Schofield, then 27, was found in a Cushing motel room with his cousin Wiley, then 13; a 15-year-old girl and another man, court records show.
Schofield was charged with one felony count of contributing to the delinquency of both minors, who were alleged to be runaways in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana within 2,000 feet of Cushing High School.
Schofield was also charged with two drug felonies, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, both with an intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school, and with two misdemeanors, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to destroy evidence by trying to flush meth down a toilet.
In court Friday, Schofield, who is now 28 and living in Chandler, pleaded guilty to the five-count charge filed as a result of the March 17 incident last year in a motel room located across from Cushing High School.
Schofield, who has a ninth grade education, has a plea bargain for a three-year suspended sentence plus $1,400 in fines and assessments, court records show.
District Judge Donald Worthington ordered the state Department of Corrections to prepare a background report about Schofield, who remains free on $20,000 bond pending his April 4 sentencing.
Schofield adamantly denied at a preliminary hearing in the slaying, at which he testified for the prosecution, that he had a sexual relationship with Wiley, who is his cousin, and that he ever gave her meth or alcohol.
Alecia Dean had never before seen Wiley until Wiley came to Cushing for a funeral in March, two months before Alecia Dean was stabbed to death, according to the victim’s mother, Sammie Dean of Stroud.
Wiley was scheduled to have a jury trial last week in the May 19 slaying of Alecia Dean, who was sitting in her car with her seatbelt on when she was stabbed three times behind her brother’s residence, police said.
Instead, a first-degree murder charge as a youthful offender was dropped last Tuesday by prosecutor Tom Lee against Wiley, who then admitted to the slaying and was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile on a first-degree manslaughter charge.
Wiley, who turns 15 in late March, said in court when she admitted the killing, “I was on pills — Xanax — and weed.”” She was ordered placed in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, where she could be held until her 19th birthday.”