Altus woman's suspicious death re-examined

Altus, OK--New information in the mysterious death of an Altus woman.  Myrna Wrabel died almost 3 years ago this April.  Her family and friends contended all along she died at the hands of her husband, John Wrabel, a retired military colonel.

The family said they believed she died during a drunken brawl that happened in their home.

But, John Wrabel was never charged with murder.  Instead, the prosecutor filed a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery.  That case was expected to go to a non-jury trial this month.

But now that could change. Myrna Wrabel's family got the Oklahoma Attorney General's office involved.

The AG's office told Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler they would re-assign the case if he stepped aside, and just recently, Wampler agreed. Now, this clears the way for another D.A.  to look at the case from a fresh perspective.

Wampler was not available for comment Wednesday, but in previous interviews, he told 7 Bews even though Myrna suffered severe injuries that probably took her life, he couldn't charge John Wrabel with murder because the medical examiner's report listed her cause of death as "undetermined".

The medical examiner's report stated she suffered blunt force injury around the face and head.

Myrna's son, Danny Thompson, says he's seen the pictures of her injuries and can't imagine all of them caused by an "accidental fall", which was mentioned as a possibility in the coroner's report.

But, Thompson said the report filed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation tells a different story.  Investigators said her blood had been splattered on the walls where John had dragged her.  Thompson also pointed out that John didn't ask for help until 3 days after she was injured.  Reports also state that when help did come, Myrna told them her husband was responsible for her condition. She later died in the hospital.

Now, Thompson wants justice. "He took my mom's life. I have hard feelings."

Because Wampler has stepped down, the case will now be appointed to a district attorney from another part of the state.  Wampler says the new D.A. can either take the case, as-is and try it as a non-jury misdemeanor or push for a murder charge.