Trial for Tyrone Woodfork, charged with elderly couple's 2012 beating, could go to the jury Friday

TULSA - The trial for a Tulsa man charged with the 2012 brutal attack of an elderly couple is nearing an end.

The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon, and the Defense did not call any witnesses. Closing arguments have begun, and the case is expected to go to the jury Friday evening.

Tyrone Woodfork is charged with rape, murder and robbery in the attack of 85-year-old Nancy Strait and her 80-year-old husband, Bob Strait.

In March 2012, prosecutors say Woodfork sexually assaulted Nancy Strait and beat the couple in their own home.  Bob Strait also sustained a shot in the face from a BB gun.

Prosecutors say Woodfork fled the Straits' home with $200, the BB gun, a 42-inch flat screen TV and their 2001 Dodge Neon.

Woodfork was found in the couple's vehicle just days later after a private citizen recognized the car. 

Nancy Strait died days after the attack.  Bob Strait died less than two months later.

Through the course of the investigation, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office opted not to pursue the death penalty for Woodfork because of his "mental limitations."

"There was much debate within our office as to whether we should seek the death penalty on this defendant because of the egregious nature of the crime and the age of Ms. Strait," said First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond in 2013. "But ultimately the fact he had a borderline IQ score, as well as other mental history, led us to our decision."

Woodfork's jury trial began earlier this week and could go to the jury as early as Friday.

Stay with KJRH.com for updates when they become available.

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