Hearings set in murder case

December 13, 2019 | Courts|Featured

PAWHUSKA — Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Jason L. Herman, 44, Wichita, Kan. and former Newkirk resident, Shandi Elizabeth DeBoard, 35,(who now goes by Shandi Elizabeth Reeves-Bailey), in Osage County District Court on Dec. 17.

The pair are facing first degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Tonkawa resident, Christopher Wade Urban. Urban was found dead on Feb. 26, 2016 at a location on Quail Ridge Lane, located in the McCord area, outside Ponca City.

Jason L. Herman

Osage County deputies report that two people, later identified as Herman and DeBoard, were spotted leaving the residence where Urban was found dead. Officials believe the pair brought a large quantity of meth to the residence. Authorities say an autopsy revealed that Urban died of methamphetamine toxicity.

Herman entered a not guilty plea on May 13 and on Nov. 30, 2018, DeBoard entered a not guilty plea to the charge and was released on $50,000 bond. 

On June 27, her attorney made a motion to withdraw from the case and on June 28 her bond was revoked and she was booked into the county jail. 

Shandi Elizabeth DeBoard

DeBoard’s criminal history in Kay County includes endangering others while eluding police and four misdemeanor charges including transporting an open container of beer filed on March 12, 2014.

On April 2, 2014 she was charged with a felony count of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. On July 14, 2014 she was convicted in both cases and sentenced to five years in prison with all but 90 days in the county jail suspended.

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