1948 - 2010
||17 Aug 1948
||Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
|Also Known As
||Janey Bullard |
||Tishomingo, Johnston, Oklahoma
||5 Mar 2010
||Tishomingo, Johnston, Oklahoma
- Murray State College teacher's death ruled a homicide
Published: March 9, 2010
The death of a Murray State College teacher who was found dead in her home Friday after a fire has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner’s office. Fire departments from Ravia and Tishomingo responded to the fire on Rock Creek Road about 7 a.m. and found Jane Bullard inside.
Local Educator's death ruled homicide; friends & co-workers react to loss
Published: March 9, 2010
JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK - A fire early Friday morning was thought to have claimed the life of a 60-year-old Jane Bullard. Now the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide. Friends, students and co-workers say they're devistated by the loss.
Tishomingo and Ravia Fire Departments responded to the blaze around 7 Friday morning on Rock Creek Road near Tishomingo. When they arrived the home was completely engulfed in flames. Inside the home they found Bullard's body.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office and Medical Examiner's Office, along with Johnston County Sheriff's deputies and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation were at the scene on Friday. Bullard's body was taken to Oklahoma City for an autopsy.
On Monday, the State Medical Examiner's office ruled Bullard's death a murder. She worked in Ardmore, teaching Higher Education classes for Murray State College.
Friends, students and colleagues say the loss of Bullard is devastating, but they say knowing that someone killed Bullard makes the pain almost unbearable.
"It’s a sad time around here, a very sad time. We're all just walking around in a fog right now,” Janice Ellis, aformer student and friend of Bullard’s, said.
A small homemade wreath now sits in front of the classroom where Bullard used to teach at the Ardmore Higher Education Center. Bullard's death leaves many like Ellis with an empty feeling.
This is the only picture we have of Bullard. Ellis says her former teacher and close friend was camera shy, but she was never short on compassion for others.
"All she needed was the clothes on her back; the rest went to other people. She had a food bank in her house. She had a clothes bank in her house for the needy. All she asked for was just enough to eat and live on; she was a phenomenal human being,” Ellis said.
Co-workers say Bullard's passion was people, and she believed in every one of her students. Over her 12 years as a Murray State College instructor, colleagues say she touched thousands of students in her sociology and psychology classes.
"She loved her students and she loved to teach. I know they loved her. She was a very unique individual." Dr. Steven Mills, the AHEC Director, said.
"She wanted to see people succeed. She wanted them to be successful and she was very good at encouraging people to follow their dreams,” Margie Richie, a co-worker and friend of Bullard’s, explained.
The Ardmore Higher Ed Center has counselors on hand to help students and staff deal with the loss.
But for students and friends like Ellis that hardest part is knowing Bullard's death was no accident, and that the beloved teacher and community member was killed
"I don't know an enemy - not one - even the people that didn't pass her class loved her. She told it like it was and she was there for you, why anybody, how anybody could do that to such a lovely person is a mystery,” Ellis said.
Loved ones say per Bullard's request, no flowers please. Instead donations can be made to Murray State College for a scholarship in Bullard's name. Or donations can be made to the Diabetes Association or the Salvation Army.
3 arrested in Murray State College instructor’s death
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL | Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2010
Two men and a woman were arrested Friday in connection with the rape and killing of a Murray State College instructor, Johnston County Sheriff Tom Winkler said. One of the men is a former foster son of the victim, Winkler said.
Roy Curtis Zornes Jr., 23, James Ervin Baker, 41, and Angel Valencia Cassa, 19, all of Tishomingo, are being held in lieu of bail on murder, rape, arson and burglary complaints, Winkler said. Charges are expected to be filed Monday in Johnston County District Court.
Jane Bullard, 60, was found in the living room of her Tishomingo residence about 7 a.m. March 5. Her house had been set on fire, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
Winkler said the three went to Bullard’s home to borrow money. He said investigators think the three became angry after Bullard told them she didn’t have any money. Bullard was hit on the head with a blunt object, and some of her belongings were stolen.
The fire started in the kitchen from newspapers set ablaze, Winkler said.
"She had some smoke in her lungs, but we believe being hit with the blunt object is what likely killed her,” Winkler said.
The state medical examiner’s office has ruled the manner of death as homicide, but the cause of death is pending.
Winkler said investigators think Zornes, Bullard’s former foster son, committed the sexual assault, but he said he is waiting on more information from the medical examiner.
Bullard was a popular instructor during her two-decade teaching career at Murray State, where she taught psychology and sociology, school officials said.
"Jane was one of those kinds of people who only come around in your life once,” Murray State College President Noble Jobe said in a statement. "Her outlook on life was as unique as her teaching style, and for all those who were blessed to have her as an instructor.”
She had a passion for the intangible things in life and didn’t take life too seriously, Jobe said.
Baker pleaded guilty in 2003 to possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to two years in prison, but served 180 days in jail. Cassa pleaded guilty to a public intoxication charge in 2009 and was fined $25, according to court records.
||Keith and Kay's
||9 Feb 2013 |
||Bullard, Jacob Elvin, b. 6 Jun 1903, Quinton, Pittsburg, Indian Territory , d. 24 Apr 1971, Tishomingo, Johnston, Oklahoma |
||Witt, Stella Mary, b. 13 Mar 1920, Midsomernorton, Bath, England , d. 23 Jan 1988, Tishomingo, Johnston, Oklahoma |
||27 Sep 1947
||Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska