McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 8, 2014

Lawsuit requests evidence in Narconon investigation

By Kandra Wells

McALESTER — A lawsuit filed after three people were found dead at Narconon Arrowhead, asks a state agency to turn over evidence from it’s investigation into the deaths.

Stacy Murphy, 20, of Owasso, Hillary Holten, 21, of Carrollton, Texas, and Gabriel Graves, 32, Kingfisher, all died at Narconon Arrowhead within a 9-month period.

Since July 2012 the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburg County Sheriff, District Attorney Farley Ward and the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have been investigating the deaths.

And all three families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the Church of Scientology based facility in Canadian.

The latest motion filed Thursday in Pittsburg County Court by the three families against Narconon of Oklahoma d.b.a. Narconon Arrowhead, Narconon International, the Association for Better Living and Education International and Gerald Wootan, DO, asks court to order ODMHSAS and its investigator at the time former ODMHSAS director Kimberly Poff to produce information linked to the investigation.

The lawsuit states the disclosure is necessary for the “protection of a legitimate public interest.”

Murphy and Holten died while in Narconon’s withdrawal unit and the facility was operating under ODMHSAS the information contained in their investigation would “shed light on Arrowhead’s performance or lack there of ...,” the lawsuit states.

According to the lawsuit information requested would include results of the ODMHSAS investigation of allegations that “Arrowhead committed abuse, neglect and mistreatment.”

Meanwhile, on Friday, the attorney for the families, Gary Richardson said he’s just searching for the truth.

“It’s all about the search for the truth, whatever that might be,” Richardson said.

Calls to Narconon Arrowhead were not returned by presstime Friday.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.