Michael Lee Wilson–January 9th at 6 p.m.
Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester
Name: Michael Lee Wilson
Age at Date of Crime: 19
Victim(s): Richard Kevin Yost
Date of Crime(s): 02/26/1995
Date of Sentence: 04/09/1997
Crime Location: Quik Trip, 251 North Garnett Road, Tulsa, OK
Judge: E.R (Ned) Turnbull
Prosecuting: William Lafortune, Brett Swab and Larry R. Edwards
Defending: Joe Robertson & Kent R. Hudson
Circumstances Surrounding Crime:
Michael Lee Wilson and Richard Kevin Yost were employees at the local Quik Trip together. Wilson planned to rob the store with Billy Alverson, Darwin Brown and Richard Harjo two weeks prior to the murder. Shortly after Yost began his shift on Feb. 25, 1995, Yost was surrounded by Wilson, Alverson, Brown and Harjo. Yost was dragged to the back room where he was beaten to death by an aluminum baseball bat. Following the beating, Wilson took money from the store’s safe and cash registers while helping several customers check out. All of these actions were seen by Quik Trip’s surveillance tapes.
Shortly after Wilson’s arrest, Wilson’s mother called the police and directed them to evidence of the robbery that was located at her home. Police also found the safe and other materials from the robbery at Alverson’s house.
Prior to this case, Wilson was an accessory to murder in 1995. While Wilson was in custody, he committed assault and battery upon another inmate and got into several fights with inmates.
Statement from Attorney General Scott Pruitt:
“Michael Lee Wilson was sentenced to death by a jury of his peers for the heinous beating of Richard Yost, who was simply doing his job,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Richard’s family and friends.”