In the early morning hours of November 19, 2014, an Oklahoma City man called police to report that he had accidentally shot his wife as he aimed for an intruder in the couple's bedroom.
Kinney Glasson, 36, told police that he awoke to find a "tall man in a hoodie" in his bedroom, and as he fired at the intruder, the bullets from his gun struck his sleeping wife in the back. Erin Glasson, 41, was fatally injured in the shooting, which occurred while the couple's 5-year-old daughter lay sleeping in her room.
Within days, investigators discovered that Glasson was having an affair with a woman he met as a patron of the Double D strip club in Oklahoma City. The woman, Reva Ann "Heaven" Smith was jailed on an unrelated complaint at the time of the shooting.
When investigators questioned Smith, they found her to be stunned by the killing. She told them that Glasson, who told her he worked for the FBI, initially told her he had never been married when they began their relationship in July 2014. However, when she found out through court records that Glasson had been married since 2005 and had a 5-year-old daughter, he told her that he and his wife were in the process of divorcing, and the divorce would be finalized by January.
At his urging, Smith quit working at the strip club, and in the weeks before the shooting, she and Glasson went shopping for engagement rings.
When Smith was jailed, Glasson called her professing his love for her and telling her he was attempting to raise bail money to get her out of the Stephens County Jail. He asked her if she was certain he was the man she wanted to be with, because he needed to be sure before he changed his "complete life" for her.
And then--an intruder, a shooting, and the death of his wife.
Prosecutors say there is no evidence to support Glasson's story that he was trying to shoot an intruder who "pushed his arm," causing him to accidentally shoot his wife. They say there is no sign of a break in, no unknown DNA in the home, and no reason to believe an intruder was ever in the home.
Instead, they say, Glasson intentionally shot and killed his wife as she lay sleeping in order to be with his girlfriend.
Glasson's murder trial began this week and is expected to continue into next week. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
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