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December 26, 2013

Back in county: Berdahl charged in shooting death of man in Enid

ENID, Okla. — A man who fled the state following a shooting at his home is back in Garfield County.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said deputies traveled to Harper County, Kan., Thursday morning to pick up and transport Michael Laurence Berdahl back to Garfield County.

Berdahl has been charged in the Dec. 16 death of 43-year-old David Richard Wimmer. Berdahl, 66, was charged Dec. 20 with first-degree murder and faces life in prison, life without parole or death if convicted of the charge.

A second charge of felon in possession of a firearm also was filed. It is punishable by one to 10 years imprisonment.

Berdahl’s roommate arrived home Dec. 16 to find Wimmer shot to death. Berdahl was missing from the home, but police found an empty holster.

Berdahl was arrested in Anthony, Kan., on unrelated drug complaints after Enid Police Department issued a teletype with a description of Berdahl’s vehicle.

EPD detectives went to Kansas and spoke with Berdahl, who admitted to shooting Wimmer, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Berdahl said he had been in an argument with Wimmer before pausing and saying there was “really nothing to say,” according to the affidavit. Berdahl then said, “It just happened, that’s it.”

Berdahl told detectives he did not know where he shot Wimmer, but then said, “The chest, I guess,” according to the affidavit. Berdahl said his hand was shaking when he fired a second shot at Wimmer.

An Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s report noted Wimmer had two gunshot wounds: one to his chest and one to the back of his head.

Berdahl is being held without bond. An arraignment date has not been set.

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