If not for the seizures caused by her injuries, Emily O’Banion could have died the night she was attacked in Oologah.
Lying next to the outside door leading into the ambulance bay at Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services, O’Banion’s foot was banging on the wall, which made a noise that woke her partner up around 1:30 a.m. May 2, 2005.
“I remember waking up to a loud banging noise,” Berry told jurors. “I was upset because I thought Emily was playing with me. She would sometimes put the lid to the laundry detergent in the dryer and turn it on when I was trying to sleep.
“But when I went into the garage where the noise was coming from, I saw Emily laying on the floor face down seizing, kicking the wall.”
The man who allegedly stabbed O’Banion, Allen Weddle, is on trial in Rogers County District Court facing charges of attempted robbery using a weapon, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary.
According to Berry’s testimony, Weddle was the topic of conversation at least once per shift between he and O’Banion. In fact, Berry said he joked the night of the alleged attack saying he should “put a sign on her door to let Allen know where she was.”
In addition to Berry’s testimony, Oologah Police Chief Novale Thompson and former Oologah Police Officer Jason Hathcoat testified to events prior to the stabbing attack May 2, 2005. According to what the three stated, and what O’Banion testified to on Wednesday, both OTEMS personnel as well as the police officers had dealt with Weddle before in emergency situations.
Protocol for the ambulance service and the police department was that any time the service was dispatched to the Weddle residence, they were to wait for law enforcement before entering the residence, due to Weddle’s demeanor when they would arrive.
According to testimony from more than one witness, once on scene at a medical emergency for Weddle or his mother, who was in poor health at the time, Weddle would become agitated and make threats to ambulance personnel, including O’Banion.
Testimony also revealed that Weddle would always demand the OTEMS personnel administer morphine to him intravenously. However, OTEMS policy was not to administer any medications through an IV unless the patient was being transferred to a hospital, according to testimony. Weddle always refused transport to any hospital, according to OTEMS personnel.
O’Banion told jurors the last time she was involved in a medical emergency with Weddle was just two weeks before her attack, where he had threatened her.
Testimony is expected to resume today, with the possibility deliberations before the weekend.
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