Indictment Unsealed Charging Norman Man with Attempted Arson in Indian Country
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 09, 2011|
OKLAHOMA CITY—A federal indictment was unsealed yesterday charging RAYMOND RAY MORRIS, 40, of Norman, Oklahoma, with attempted arson in Indian country, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to the indictment, on October 16, 2011, Morris attempted to set a mobile home on fire in rural Cleveland County, putting the lives of those present in jeopardy. Morris appeared yesterday in Oklahoma City federal court, was ordered detained, with his trial set in January 2012.
If convicted, Morris faces up to life in prison.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvo Q. Mikkanen.
Reference is made to the indictment and other public filings for further information. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innnocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.