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Man committed to mental facility in Pushmataha Co. murder case

August 16, 2012

A gruesome murder case came to an end on Wednesday morning, after the man accused of murdering an elderly man with a hatchet was sentenced. Robert Parsons was led from the courthouse after being found to still be a a danger to the public, peace and or safety of others due to treatment noncompliance.

Parsons was committed back into the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and transported immediately back to Oklahoma Department of Mental Health in Vinita after his hearing. The court came to this decision after parties stipulate to reports that were submitted by Forensic Psychiatrist for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.

On June 6, 2012, Parsons attorneys, Joe P. Robertson and James Bowen, entered a plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The court had received voluminous records pertaining to the Defendant’s mental health history and treatment from the Veterans Administration and other mental health providers. They also received a detailed report of an evaluation conducted by a Licensed Psychologist for the purpose of assessing Parsons’ mental state at the time of the alleged offense.

Based upon the stipulated records submitted to the Court, finding Parsons was laboring under a defect of reason from disease of the mind, specifically bipolar Disorder and Depression, at the time of the offense and was unable to distinguish right from wrong, the Court found Parsons legally insane at the time of the instant offense. The Court found Parsons Not Guilty on Reasons of Insanity.

Parsons was put into the custody of the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vanita where he was to undergo an examination to determine if he was presently mentally ill and if he was dangerous to the public.

Since the hearing, a petition has been circling the area asking for the resignation of District Attorney Mark Matloff. Joanie Cogburn, the victim's sister, has been waiting for justice and has stated that she is angered by the way the D.A. handled the case. Cogburn has state that “He [Matloff] has not represented our family at all.”

"There's no closure. He's basking in Vinita. Whatever that's like. However bad it is, its not bad enough for this animal," said Cogburn.

“I feel bad for the victim’s family and their loss,” said District Attorney Mark Matloff. “If her [Joanie Cogburn] way of grieving is to attack me, that is fine. I did my job to the best of my ability and I am satisfied with that.”


I am the daughter of the

August 19, 2012 by mybluis (not verified), 2 years 45 weeks ago
Comment: 993

I am the daughter of the murdered man in this article and I also feel justice was not served properly. I realize we all live in a world of misconceptions and our own beliefs as to how things should be ran, but In this case I have called matloff many times ,as per my phone records ,56 seperate times . only once did he return my call. ONCE, I was not even notified of the hearing. I AM THE ONLY CHILD of Garland. I find this VERY unprofessional. I have to hear about what happened from the internet!!!I live very far from OK and have a deep tie to this case. Ipersonally feel that he did not do his job the best he could or he would have taken the time to notify me. I am on my fathers death certificate name and address. How hard could that of been!!! So sad that the people involved the most emotionally can't even be given the time of day!! SHAME to you Mr. Matloff! And as far as this man knowing right from wrong, well I am not a Dr. of mental health but a man who can thoughtfully forge a check,steal property, drive off in a man's car after murdering him and locking the doors behind seems to me like a man who knows right from wrong!! Oh and mr. matloff after our conversation you told me you didn't know garland had a daughter.....well if you feel so bad for his family then how is that if you dont even know he has one!!

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