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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a former defense lawyer who married one of her clients and then allegedly participated with him in the murder of his ex-girlfriend and the woman's parents.
Okmulgee District Attorney Carol Iski said Keegan Kelley Harroz and Barry Roland Titus II, “should be punished by death” in the 2019 slayings of Titus’ ex-girlfriend Tiffany Eichor, and her parents, Jack and Evelynn Kaye Chandler, according to court documents filed last week and obtained by Oxygen.com.
Tiffany Eichor, 43, her 65-year-old father Jack Chandler and her 69-year-old mother Evelynn Chandler were killed by two masked shooters on Sept. 7, 2019, according to surveillance footage of the deadly incident. Prosecutors previously divulged that they'd suspected Harroz and Titus were the two masked perpetrators early on in the investigation.
Investigators stated that a car “consistent” with Harroz’s 2010 Lexus was captured in the surveillance recordings at the property, The Oklahoman reported citing case affidavits. Ballistics evidence, including AR-15 shell casings found at the scene, as well as DNA also linked the couple to the triple murder.
The couple allegedly cut the power to the family’s home prior to carrying out the coordinated series of executions.
At the time of the triple murder, Harroz — a former city attorney — was representing Titus in a domestic abuse case involving Eichor, who had accused him of strangling her. Eichor had also accused Titus of intimidating her family, KFOR-TV reported. The case was open at the time of Eichor’s killing.
Prosecutors, who described the slayings as “heinous” and “cruel,” say the accused couple murdered Eichor so Titus could “avoid prosecution” on the domestic violence charges. Her parents were killed to cover up her murder, prosecutors said in court records filed on March 28.
Evelynn Chandler “suffered mental anguish” prior to being fatally shot, prosecutors said, because, as she hid in a closet of her home, the shooters “began firing gunshots striking and killing her husband, Jack Randall Chandler,” prosecutors added. Eichor, they said, "suffered serious physical abuse, torture and pain prior to and during the course of her death” and that she, too “suffered mental anguish” because she “heard intruders enter the home she shared with her parents and [they] began firing gunshots, striking and killing her parents, Jack Randall Chandler and Evelynn Kaye Chandler.”
The accused couple, who prosecutors described as married, began dating in 2017, the Oklahoman reported.
Harroz has been barred from practicing law for at least two years. The former city attorney had also previously been charged with witness intimidation after she allegedly had narcotics — which was discovered to be powdered sugar — planted at Eichor’s family home in 2019, according to a press release issued by police and prosecutors last year.
A spokesperson for the 24th District Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately reply to Oxygen.com’s requests for comment regarding the pending case on Monday afternoon.
Titus and Harroz, who appeared in court March 30, are currently being held without bail at an Okmulgee County detention center, according to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. Criminal defense attorneys representing the couple were unable to be reached for comment this week.
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