The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 12, 2014

Trial set July 9 in murder case

Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 66-year-old Enid man will be going to trial on a first-degree murder charge following a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Michael Laurence Berdahl was charged last year in the Dec. 16 murder of David Richard Wimmer. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

Berdahl was charged four days after Wimmer’s death with the capital charge, as well as a second felony charge of a felon in possession of a firearm. That charged was dismissed Wednesday without cost, online court records show.

Berdahl will appear July 9 before District Judge Dennis Hladik for district court arraignment.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Berdahl’s roommate arrived home Dec. 16 to find Wimmer, 43, 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, the affidavit states.

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

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