The Edmond Sun

October 13, 2012

Bomb threat case goes to trial

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A county judge has ordered a metro man accused of using a telephone to threaten use of a bomb at an Edmond church to stand trial on related charges, court records show.

Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson scheduled a May 20 jury trial for David Michael Moxley, 44, of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma County prosecutors filed one count of telephoning a bomb threat and one count of making obscene, threatening or harassing telephonic or other electronic communication against the defendant.

On Dec. 7, 2011, the defendant appeared in court out of custody and entered a plea of not guilty. Bond was set at $21,000 and posted that same day. On Friday, Brian Dell, the defendant’s attorney, said both he and his client would not comment.

On Nov. 15, 2011, Fairview Baptist Church Pastor Paul Blair went to Oklahoma City where the City Council was considering adding “gender orientation” as a protected class within city government. Blair, who objected to the action based on religious grounds, addressed council members.

The next day, prosecutors allege, the defendant used a telephone to make a bomb threat against Fairview Baptist Church, 1230 N. Sooner Road.

Edmond Police Detective David Otwell was assigned to investigate a bomb threat and several threatening phone calls made to Blair, according to Otwell’s affidavit of probable cause filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

According to the affidavit during the first call, received at 4:12 a.m., the suspect said, “I have committed homicide more than one time and in more than one state and yet have not been caught, nor charged. Think about that.”

Subsequent calls were received by the church at 4:13 a.m., 4:15 a.m., 4:16 a.m., 12:44 p.m., 12:45  p.m., 12:47 p.m., 12:48 p.m., 2:07 p.m., 2:08 p.m., 2:10 p.m. and 2:11 p.m., according to the affidavit.

During the 12:47 p.m. message, according to the affidavit, the caller said, “I suggest you listen to this message clearly. A (inaudible) has been place on your property in the building, as well as some visitors will be visiting Pastor Blair at his residence. This is just to let you know. Thank you. Detonate it, detonate it.”

The detective had the supervisor of Edmond’s emergency communications operations conduct a reverse 911 phone call on the number that appeared on the church’s caller ID, according to the affidavit. It revealed the phone number listed to David Moxley in Oklahoma City. | 341-2121, ext. 108