According to the police report, bail bondsman Daniel Carroll picked the wrong informant ” a key witness against the self-proclaimed “Video Vigilante” ” and was beat with a rock.
The affidavit filed recently in Oklahoma County District Court claims Carroll was assaulted, beaten and robbed by Renee Bonnie McCullough, a self-admitted prostitute; her male companion Gerald Loud; and another unidentified man, after Carroll sought her as an informant.
McCullough is in the Oklahoma County Jail, held on $40,000 bond on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.
There was no record of Loud’s arrest at press time. Both are witnesses against Brian Bates, whom Lane is accusing in an ongoing felony case of pandering, or pimping. Lane accuses Bates of attempting to pay McCullough and/or other prostitutes to have sex with clients in public places conducive to capturing on video. Bates has denied doing so. The case has so far been dropped and refiled by Lane, and is scheduled to be dropped and refiled again, according to court documents.
In McCullough’s recent arrest, a probable cause affidavit states Carroll sought a subject who had an outstanding warrant and contacted McCullough at the Green Carpet Inn, located at 1629 S. Prospect. According to the affidavit, McCullough claimed she knew the subject and said she would give Carroll the information if he gave her something to eat.
The affidavit states Carroll drove her to the Iron Skillet restaurant located near S. Lincoln Boulevard and E. Reno Avenue and bought her some food. She then refused to give Carroll any information until he drove her back to the motel, which he then did.
Upon arrival, McCullough allegedly asked Carroll for money before she would give him the information on the person he sought. Carroll refused, but McCullough then demanded money from him, the affidavit states. He refused again, according to the affidavit. The affidavit states McCullough then used a two-way radio to contact someone.
A police report filed with the affidavit states McCullough “then clicked her two way rapidly when two male suspects came out towards the truck.”
The affidavit states that as the two men approached the truck, Carroll attempted to drive away from the scene, but that McCullough threw the gearshift into park. One of the two men opened Carroll’s driver-side door and began punching him in the face. He was hit “with a softball-sized rock in the head,” according to the police report. The affidavit said one of the men threw the rock and hit Carroll in the mouth.
Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, McCullough punched Carroll from her position on the passenger side of his truck. Then she allegedly reached into Carroll’s shirt pocket and took out $63 in cash. McCullough and the two men then ran to the hotel, the affidavit states. Carroll drove away and called police, according to the affidavit.
Police arrived and found McCullough. Carroll identified her as the person who robbed him, according to the affidavit. Police arrested her and advised her of her rights. According to the affidavit, McCullough admitted meeting with Carroll but denied robbing him. McCullough told police, however, that the man who opened Carroll’s driver-side door and punched him was her “old man,” according to the affidavit. The affidavit states that Carroll later identified Loud from a photo lineup.
Loud recently testified before the state’s multicounty grand jury ” a grand jury steered by Lane’s office ” in the case against Bates. Video of Loud broadcast on KFOR-TV Channel 4 showed him walking in to testify using a walker or cane, a marked contrast from Carroll’s last sighting of him running away to the motel.
Bates’ attorney, Scott Adams, refused comment, saying he needed time to review the recent filings on McCullough and Loud.
In a recent interview, Lane said he was going to drop the grand jury indictment against Bates and then refile the charges under the auspices of his office, a procedure called “filing on criminal information.” He called the move “a legal formality.”
“The indictment is always dismissed and replaced with a criminal information,” Lane said. “That has always been done here, in this state. I guarantee you, anytime we have been involved in a grand jury indictment. It’s nothing to do with the case.”
Lane insisted in the viability of the case against Bates and that he wasn’t dropping it.
“(Otherwise,) I would not have taken that to a grand jury,” Lane said. “How colossally stupid. I mean, I would have to confess stupid. You would finally get me on the record confessing stupid if, suddenly, I decided, ‘Oh, my gosh, we’re gonna dismiss all this because of “¦ something.'”
Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott, a former prosecutor under former District Attorney Bob Macy, said the viability of the case against Bates rests on McCullough’s credibility.