Possible plea agreement for Busick, suspect in Welch girls murders

Ronnie Busick was arrested in 2018 and charged with kidnapping and murdering two Welch, Oklahoma girls

Ronnie Busick was arrested in 2018 and charged with kidnapping, murder and arson

CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. – Ronnie Busick, a suspect in the deaths of Ashley Freeman, her parents and her friend Lauria Bible in northeast Oklahoma, could take a plea deal.

According to the Craig County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Busick has waived his preliminary hearing and is scheduled for district court arraignment on July 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

During that arraignment, Busick will have the opportunity to enter a plea. The Prosecutor’s Office says there’s an agreement pending between Busick and the state, which involves him spending a period of time in prison and his cooperation in the investigation.

The Prosecutor’s Office says if Busick’s information leads to the recovery of Lauria and Ashley’s bodies, that prison time could be reduced by a number of years. They say details of the agreement are not part of the public record at this time.

KOAM’s Chris Warner is speaking with the District Attorney  in Craig County, this afternoon, June 22, 2020. Watch the story tonight on KOAM News.

(Related: Jury finds Busick competent to stand trial for murder of Welch girls)

Busick is one of three people accused in the murder case. The other two suspects have since passed away.

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Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible

Busick was charged in 2018 in the Dec. 30, 1999, deaths of Danny Freeman and his wife Kathy Freeman, whose bodies were found in their burning home near Welch, Oklahoma – near the Kansas border – and the disappearances of their 16-year-old daughter, Ashley Freeman, and her 16-year-old friend, Lauria Bible.

Authorities say Lauria was spending the night at Ashley’s home that night. There were no signs of the girls.

(Related: Candlelight vigil honors girls on 20th anniversary of their disappearance)

In April 2018, the Craig County District Attorney identified three suspects. Two of the suspects, Philip Welch and David Pennington, have died since the crime.

Ronnie Busick was arrested and charged with four counts of first degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of first degree arson.

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