In March 2002, Jessie James Dalton killed Billy Ray Wayne during an Oklahoma robbery/home invasion. Dalton’s accomplices were Paul Duran Jr. and Warren Plank, both just 16 at the time.
When Duran recently got into a scuffle with one of his cellmates, Oklahoma State Penitentiary officials deemed it necessary to move Duran to a new cell to restore order.
Trouble is, they moved him into the small, square cell that Mr. Dalton also called home. Bet you can guess what happened next, can’t you?
A mere 15 minutes after being moved into his new “suite” at the “Oklahoma Hilton,” Duran was found beaten to death. Officials say he’d been repeatedly punched and kicked. Not exactly the Welcome Wagon, to say the least.
Duran’s attorney, Bill Smith says he’s trying to find out how Duran ended up in the same cell as Dalton because laws prohibit an inmate to be housed with someone they testified against.
You know what Dalton was thinking: “I already have a life sentence. What do I have to lose? This is my chance to extract some revenge the good old-fashioned way on somebody who rolled over!”
Did Duran not speak up? If he did, why did the guards ignore him? Why didn’t the prison staff hear the commotion while Duran was being beaten to death?
Many questions linger, and it will be interesting to see how things turn out.