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October 7, 2006

Woman killed by husband

A nurse in Stigler said late last month that her estranged husband had threatened to kill her.

Law enforcement officers believe he carried out that threat on Friday.

Rick Allen Beal, 50, and his estranged wife, Dreama Jo Beal, 49, both died Friday morning, according to Haskell County Assistant District Attorney Russell Tacheria.

A spokesperson for Haskell County Sheriff Manuel Ballard said investigators believe the husband shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reached the same conclusion.

“That’s what it looks like at this point,” said OSBI Eastern District of Oklahoma Inspector Tommy Graham. The OSBI’s McAlester office sent Crime Scene Agent Iris Dalley to the scene to assist the Haskell County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation.

Graham said investigators believe the shooting occurred inside a garage near Stigler.

Court documents show that Dreama Beal had written of threats made by her husband. The couple had been separated about six weeks, according to court records filed last week.

In the court documents, Dreama Beal said she told her husband on Sept. 27 she wanted a divorce.

When she returned home that night, she found he had been hiding in a bedroom, she said.

Dreama Beal said in court documents that her husband hit her in the stomach, pulled at her clothes and would not let her leave the house.

She said he wouldn’t let her leave until she told him she had to go back to work.

Dreama Beal worked as a nurse at the hospital in Stigler, according to courthouse employees.

“He said he was going to kill me and then his self,” Dreama Beal wrote in a statement. “When leaving, he said if I filed for divorce, he would kill me.”

Dreama Beal reported what happened to the Stigler Police Department and on Sept. 28. Tacheria charged Rick Beal with a felony count a felony count of kidnapping, as well as misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse, assault and battery, and outraging public decency.

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