The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 31, 2013

Bond is set at $1 million for accused murder suspect

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man charged with first-degree murder is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Michael Laurence Berdahl, 63, made his initial appearance on the capital charge Friday afternoon via video from Garfield County Detention Facility.

Online court records show the district attorney’s office had asked bond for Berdahl be denied, but District Judge Paul Woodward set bond at $1 million. Berdahl was ordered to return to court Jan. 27, 2014, for a bond appearance.

Berdahl was charged Dec. 20 in connection with the shooting death of David Richard Wimmer, 43, four days earlier. He faces life in prison, life without parole or death if convicted.

Berdahl also is charged with felon in possession of a firearm. It is punishable by one to 10 years imprisonment.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, 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.