Radio logs detail day of Anadarko pastor’s slaying

| September 5, 2009

ANADARKO — Two hours passed from the time the Rev. Carol Daniels arrived at her Anadarko church until her nude, mutilated body was found in the sanctuary.

The following timeline of the 14 hours after Daniels’ car was seen arriving at the church was compiled through interviews, incident reports and police radio logs released Friday.

Aug. 23, about 10 a.m.

Surveillance cameras at the Step N Fetch gas station capture Daniels’ car as it pulls in at the Christ Holy Sanctified Church.

About 11:40 a.m.

Retired Bishop Silkey Wilson Jr. and his wife, Julia, of Spencer arrive at the church to visit the 61-year-old pastor from Oklahoma City.

"We went to the front door, and the door was locked,” Silkey Wilson said. "We couldn’t open it, so we began to knock on the door and knock on the windowpanes, but we couldn’t get in. After we tried for a while, we decided to go to the police station. It was only about a half a block away.”

11:51: First entry from police

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Julia Wilson arrives at the police department to ask that police check on Daniels. Wilson tells police Daniels’ car was at the church but the door was locked and she wasn’t answering.

12:01 p.m.

Officer Ashley Burrus arrives at the church and speaks with the Wilsons.

12:04 p.m.

Burrus enters through the side door and sees the slain pastor’s body. She calls for backup and notes the killer is not in custody.

12:05 to 1 p.m.

The ambulance is called and Burrus, Sgt. James Howard and Caddo County sheriff’s deputy Doug Butler check the building and secure the crime scene.

Wilson said an officer went to his car and simply told him and his wife "it didn’t look good.”

"We couldn’t go inside the church,” Wilson told The Oklahoman. "We never saw her or anything like that. … We just took his word, after he entered in and told us ‘it didn’t look good,’ we sat in the car and waited.”

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is informed police are working a homicide involving the pastor of the church.

2:21 p.m.

Anadarko police dispatchers take their first media call asking for confirmation of the homicide.

About 3 p.m.

Daniels’ mother, Charles Etta Dunlap, is informed of her daughter’s death by women outside her home. Bishop Wilson had called the women and asked them to contact Dunlap.

"I had just gotten home from church, and these ladies were coming up the driveway and said ‘there she is,’” Dunlap said Friday.

3:49 p.m.

Daniels’ son, Gaylon Daniels of Oklahoma City, calls police asking for information about his mother. He picks up his grandmother and begins to drive to Anadarko.

4:13 p.m.

Management at the Step N Fetch gas station call police to say they can have surveillance tapes ready within the hour.

4:30 p.m.

Gaylon Daniels, his grandmother and his wife, Yalinda, are stopped by a state trooper near Chickasha as they speed toward the church.

Dunlap said Friday the family was extremely distraught, but the trooper was "very kind and courteous.”

After they explained their situation, Dunlap said, the trooper didn’t escort them in, but "accepted their word and let them continue.”

4:30 p.m.

A man identifying himself as Alvin Daniels calls the police department to try to get information.

5:44 p.m.

Step N Fetch surveillance videos are ready for police.

6:56 p.m.

A woman who lives in the 300 block of W Broadway calls to tell police dispatchers she heard "the preacher lady … got killed and was put on the altar with no clothes on.”

The woman, who did not want to give her name when contacted Friday by The Oklahoman, asked police for extra patrols in her neighborhood for the next two weeks.

"I was frightened,” the woman said Friday, "because that’s just too close to home.”

The caller said she heard the information from someone who worked for the police department.

11:34 p.m.

The woman calls police back and asks to speak with an officer to try to get more information.

"What I heard made me sick,” she said Friday, adding she still is not sleeping well at night.

A few nights ago, she said, she called police to come check her home after she heard a knock on her door at 4:15 a.m.

 

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