State of Oklahoma v. Charles Elliot

Court:Tulsa County District Court
Case No:CF 2001-1167
Plaintiff:State of Oklahoma
Defendent:Charles Elliot

On October 26, 2001, after a week long trial, a Tulsa County jury acquitted Charles W. Elliot of first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Kellyville man, Russell Holt. Charles Elliot did not know Mr. Holt. Rather, Janet Elliot, Mr. Elliot’s estranged wife, had enlisted her 17-year old boyfriend and his “very large friend” (Mr. Holt), to beat up her husband. Evidence of cell phone records confirmed that Janet Elliot and her boyfriend made many calls to each other during the late hours in the days prior to the shooting. Janet Elliot and her boyfriend admitted they used methamphetamine together. Charles Elliot, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, retreated after pulling a gun from his pocket and fired a warning shot when Mr. Holt came aggressively toward him.