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'Tent Number Eight' book signing on April 16

Office of Communications & Marketing | Northeastern State University
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- On a warm summer day in 1977, the State of Oklahoma was shaken by the heinous and vulgar murder of three Girl Scouts in a tent at Camp Scott near Locust Grove.

Author and criminal defense lawyer Gloyd McCoy has written a book that dissects the investigation of the Girl Scout murders as well as The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene Leroy Hart. The book is written from the vantage point of the families, law enforcement, news reporters, the lawyers, the judges and the jury.

McCoy will be on the Tahlequah campus of Northeastern State University at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in the W. Roger Webb Auditorium to sign copies of his book, Tent Number Eight.

In his book, he provides background information on all the parties involved and explanations regarding why certain decisions were made, including the acquittal of the accused murderer. McCoy also explores what might have happened if the lawyers on both sides had made different decisions and if modern technology had been available.

McCoy was a criminal defense lawyer for more than 25 years. He has represented many notable criminal defendants and has won the release of one man wrongfully convicted of murder. In 2006, he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Award for outstanding appellate advocacy by the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association.

He currently lives in Noble, Oklahoma, with his wife, Penny, and their three children. Tent Number Eight is his first book.

Published: 4/15/2013 4:17:06 PM

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