Testimony from several witnesses, including law enforcement officials, will continue today in the kidnapping case of Sandy Brooks.

Quintine Harper, 28, has been charged with kidnapping for extortion in connection with an incident involving Brooks, ex-wife of famed country singer Garth Brooks.

Sandy Brooks previously testified June 18 at the beginning of the preliminary hearing, and testimony from bondsman Bill Owen was heard Wednesday.

In June, Brooks told the judge that Harper, whom she had been romantically involved with since August 2005, had started acting strangely after she asked him to leave her home on March 31. Just a few days later on April 3, Brooks said she received a call from Owen who was looking for Harper for failing to appear in Tulsa County Court to face embezzlement charges. According to Brooks, Owen placed the call to her because she originally bonded him out of jail.

On April 3, Brooks spoke with Owen, telling him the whereabouts of Harper, who said he would be at her home around 3 p.m.

Brooks’ testimony revealed that she was attempting to leave her property to pick up her children from school when Owen and bounty hunter Roger Lowry entered the property.

That’s when Harper, armed with a .40-caliber Glock, got into her vehicle and told her to drive, “or I’d never see my children again,” Brooks said.

Although Harper never pointed the gun at Brooks, she said she was in fear for her life and drove away from her property on Keetonville Road to Highway 20. From there, Brooks said she headed west, with Owen following, and eventually pulled into QuikTrip in Owasso where she kicked off her shoes and ran into the store.

Lowry testified in June that when he spotted Harper, he had the gun pointing toward him before running behind the convenience store and into a field. That’s when Lowry said Harper fired a shot in his direction.

Owen testified Wednesday that during the telephone conversation with Brooks, she informed him that Harper was armed with an assault rifle and a pistol, and that he had videos and cassette tapes that may contain nude images of her.

“I told her to get them back,” Owen told defense attorney Bill Higgins Wednesday.

Brooks had found the tapes and an assault rifle in the vehicle Harper was driving on April 2, and confronted him. According to her testimony, Harper said it was his back up, “just in case anything happens to me.”

Testimony from Rogers County Deputy Greg Dooley is expected today, with possible testimony from other law enforcement officials as well.

Harper is currently being housed in the Rogers County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond, which was reduced from the original $1 million bond.

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