Homicide Victims Division

The District Attorney's Office Homicide Victims Advocate Division is here to assist you and your family through the criminal court system, a sometimes lengthy process that is quite often confusing and frustrating. We understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to expect next. Our hope is with the following information and the District Attorney's Office, we will be able to answer many of your questions and give you and your family the guidance and support you need.

Our Goals

Our goal is to make sure each victim is treated with fairness, dignity and respect throughout the criminal justice system process. Our system of justice is complex in nature and may appear to the ordinary citizen to be filled with people who are much more comfortable in the culture and the language of law then the majority of citizens who become crime victims.

The victims of crime deserve to be educated on the system. Our objective is to demystify and humanize the process in such a way that much, if not all of the uneasiness is put aside prior to entering the courthouse.

Homicide Family Coordinators

Shelba Norris, Homicide Family Coordinator, will make every attempt to help you and your family through this traumatic time. You are always welcome to contact her at 405-713-1692 anytime you need an update on your case or have any questions. We will usually make contact with you to meet with the prosecuting attorney assigned to your case prior to the preliminary hearing. When you think of questions you have for the attorney, write them down so you will be prepared when you meet.

Due to the high rise of homicides in 2015, a second Homicide Family Coordinator was added. Irina Libart will work alongside Shelba Norris and together they will help your family through this traumatic time. Ms. Libert is also fluent in Spanish; she may be contacted at 405-713-1670.

Types of Court Proceedings

To help you better understand the court process, you can view some of the different types of court proceedings (PDF) in the order which they may go. It is not uncommon for some of these proceedings to be delayed or continued. Jury Trials very seldom go on the first setting due to large dockets and preparation time for these type cases.