Bond denied for 4 accused of tattooing Okla. man

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Posted: May 06, 2011 3:58 PM
Bond denied for 4 accused of tattooing Okla. man

Bond was denied Friday for two men and two women accused of pinning down a man who has learning disabilities, tattooing the word "RAPEST" on his forehead and shocking his genitals with a stun gun before beating him unconscious with a baseball bat.

Richard Dellert, 25, Zachary Provence, 21, Kimberly Kirchler Vergara, 24, and Lorena Hodges, 33, remain in the Oklahoma County jail following the brief video arraignment in Oklahoma County District Court. Vergara, identified as Kirchler in the police report and as Vergara in jail records, identified herself as Kimberly Kirchler Vergara.

None of the four defendants, dressed in orange jail jumpsuits, spoke during the arraignment other than to state their names. Vergara fidgeted as the hearing began while the other suspects stood quietly. Provence appeared with his head shaven, in contrast to his jail photo that shows him with medium-length brown hair.

All four are charged with kidnapping, maiming and assault and battery in the April 17 attack on 18-year-old Stetson Johnson of Oklahoma City.

Del City Police Capt. Jody Suit has said the four defendants told authorities they were trying to punish Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her. Johnson, who said he is acquainted with all four suspects but has never tried to hurt any of them, denies the allegation. Suit says there's no evidence to support it.

Johnson told authorities he was restrained with duct tape while the word "RAPEST" was tattooed across his forehead and a phrase that resembles "I like little boys" was tattooed on his chest. The word "RAPEST," apparently a misspelling of "rapist," has since been covered with another tattoo that looks like a bar code.

Johnson said the attack began when he was thrown to the ground and kicked in the face "dozens of times" by two men while two women took turns using a stun gun on his genitals. He said the attackers yelled obscenities at him and later put him in a car and transported him to Eagle Lake in Del City, where he was beaten in the arms and head with a baseball bat and left unconscious.

Johnson said when awoke, he walked to a nearby mobile home park where a resident called police.

Police seized tattoo guns, needles, ink and a Taser gun after the suspects were taken into custody, according to a police report.

Johnson spent a week in the hospital, including three days in intensive care, for treatment of a fractured skull, broken nose and other wounds suffered in the beating. He bears scars from the attack and said he has trouble breathing and seeing out of one eye. He also said he suffers from anxiety and has nightmares about being killed.

Johnson's mother, Lucy Ford, has said that her son has a learning disability and attends a special school.

Special District Judge Russell Hall read the charges to the four suspects and said public defenders will be appointed for each. All face a May 19 court appearance before Special District Judge Stephen Alcorn.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland, who filed the charges Thursday, did not attend the arraignment. "That's all pretty perfunctory," he said afterward, declining further comment.