A former Eastern Oklahoma State College instructor has been fired from his job and is now facing a slew of charges after police found cocaine, guns, and a human jawbone at his property.
According to the Stillwater News Press, Bryan Denny, 44, was arrested and charged with numerous felonies after police say they found three firearms, cocaine, marijuana, and a human jawbone inside his Latimer County home.
EOSC Police Chief Alton Jones indicated that he received a call from some of the college employees, who said Denny was “displaying nervous behavior” during a routine safety inspection of the college apartments. A probable cause affidavit reportedly stated that the inspectors noticed a “marijuana rolling tray” in Denny’s possession, but he allegedly grabbed it during the inspection and took it to his bathroom.
The routine search resulted in a warrant to search Denny’s home, according to the affidavit. The “human jawbone with five decayed teeth” was found inside a “black hard plastic carrying case,” Oklahoma’s News Channel 4 reports.
Since Denny is a tribal citizen, charges against him were filed at the Choctaw Nation District Court. He’s facing charges of:
- Unlawful removal of a dead body
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of a firearm while committing a felony
- Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance
Attorneys representing Denny claimed that he was a “target of a retaliation campaign by former friends and members of law enforcement and absolutely denies the allegations against him.”
“The Choctaw Nation has decided to join in this campaign to destroy a good man’s reputation by filing charges that they know are unprovable. This is especially true of the charge in regard to human remains,” the lawyers continued.
“Mr. Denny was given an artifact that rested next to another artifact, an arrowhead, that had been passed down to him by a family member. These artifacts were kept put away and not left on display by Mr. Denny. The charge is meant solely for the purpose to sensationalize
Mr. Denny’s arrest, embarrass him, and shame him into pleading to a lesser charge or soft deal when he is not guilty of anything. We look forward to our opportunity in court, and hope that the media will report Mr. Denny’s exoneration with the same fervor that they report these over sensationalized and trumped-up charges.”
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