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Judge details court dealings with shooter

Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher said the case before her on Tuesday involved a house that Nan Patterson, Deffner's mother-in-law, once owned on Lindsey Street and that she and her husband had sold to the Deffners during their marriage. Nan Patterson was seeking a quiet title to return the home ownership to her.

At an earlier hearing, Timothy Michael Deffner apparently tried to represent himself, then hired an attorney, John Nalley, of Shawnee, who she said he got “crossways with.”

In November, Schumacher had granted a motion for summary judgement filed by attorney Bryan Young on behalf of Patterson. His new attorney, Holly Iker, appeared at Tuesday's hearing and asked the judge to vacate a partial summary judgment in the civil action, which was granted.

Schumacher said she vacated the order Tuesday because of problems with service.

“I will never forget Mr. Young’s appearance before me yesterday. He was a true gentleman and a fine attorney,” Schumacher said.

Early Wednesday, Norman police contacted her about Young’s and Cayann Deffner’s deaths. They posted watch over all the judges’ homes in the courthouse who had prior dealings with him and provided escorts to court, Schumacher said.

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Jane Glenn Cannon

A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer... Read more ›