UPDATE: James Staley enters plea of ‘Not Guilty’ in capital murder case

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UPDATE: November 6, 2020

James Staley waived his formal arraignment in court that was set for Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty Thursday afternoon.

The hearing on that motion Friday was canceled after the agreement was signed Thursday morning by Staley’s attorney Jim Burnham of Dallas.


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A motion from District Attorney John Gillespie to require capital murder suspect James Staley to wear a GPS monitor while out on his $1.2 million bonds has been voluntarily agreed to by Staley without a court order.

The hearing on that motion was canceled after the agreement was signed Thursday morning by Staley’s attorney Jim Burnham of Dallas. Gillespie had requested the modification be added to the requirement that Staley surrender his passport already in place, but the judge did not put it in place before Staley posted his bonds on Monday.

Arraignment is scheduled in 30th District Court Friday morning at 8:30, though his attorney could waive Staley’s appearance.

The conditions filed Thursday require Staley to provide proof he has the GPS ankle monitor installed at his own expense by November 12. Travel restrictions were also included which restrict Staley to four Oklahoma counties. Any travel outside those counties must be approved in advance, with the exceptions of travel to Tulsa County to locate a new office and home and to see his other attorney,
also to travel to Dallas County to his criminal defense attorney’s office and two other attorneys, and his doctor.

He may also travel to two other Oklahoma counties to work on an oil lease business. His bond conditions are also amended to allow him to go to establishments where alcohol is served along with food as long as it is not considered a bar.

His weekly drug tests will be conducted at two locations in Oklahoma.

Staley is accused of killing two-year-old Wilder McDaniel who was found dead in October of 2018 in the home Staley and Wilder’s mother lived in.

Gillespie filed the capital murder and first-degree felony murder charges after an extensive investigation and consultation with a Dallas pediatrician and child abuse specialist.

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