Bond for Overland set at $10 million

April 28, 2019 | Courts|Headlines

NEWKIRK — Bond for accused murderer William Bear Overland, 21, Ponca City, is set at $10 million. Overland is facing a second degree murder charge in the beating death of 20-year-old Brittney Kayleen Adams.

Adams was found dead by her grandmother on April 12 in her apartment at Timbers Apartments, 2201 N. 14th Street.

Ponca City police officer Kisen Sharp and Det. Brian Dye were among the officers who responded to the scene at 12:21 p.m.
Officers reports the couch was knocked on its side and blood was all over the apartment.

At 10:12 p.m., Overland, Adams boyfriend, was arrested by Bureau of Indian Affairs at 8826 South Highway 177 on domestic abuse and burglary warrants.

Overland Mug Shot
William Bear Overland

Detectives spoke with him at the Kay County Detention Center. Police report Overland admitted that he and Adams had a physical fight on April 3. He also reportedly admitted  to striking her multiple times in the face and head before leaving. He reportedly told Det. Shane Pruett that he stopped hitting her when she asked him to and that she apologized and asked him to look after her son. Overland reportedly said he left knowing she was hurt bad but that he didn’t think she would die. He added he did not go back to check on her nor call anyone.

Overland’s criminal history in Kay County includes a first degree rape of an intoxicated victim filed on Aug. 22, 2017. That case was dismissed on Jan. 30, 2018 after the state was unable to locate the victim.

On Aug. 23, 2017 he was charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. That case was dismissed after the victim failed to appear.

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