- Sean Murphy
Bond revoked for businessman accused of killing employee
An Oklahoma judge on Friday revoked the bond of a white local businessman accused of killing a Black man who worked for him after a prosecutor said the businessman was spotted in a bank drive-thru and visited a local Waffle House in violation of his bond conditions.
Logan County Judge Susan Worthington ordered Daniel Triplett, 67, and returned to the Logan County Detention Center.
Triplett faces charges of first-degree murder and desecration of a corpse after the body of 51-year-old Brent Mack was found buried beneath a septic tank on a Logan County property. Triplett is the owner of Triplett Backhoe LLC, a Guthrie company that installs septic systems and storm shelters, according to the company’s website.
Damario Solomon-Simmons, a civil rights attorney representing Mack’s family, said he believes Triplett was granted bond in part because he is a prominent white businessman accused of killing a Black man.
“If Brent Mack had killed Dan Triplett, shot him in the back and buried him underneath a septic tank and then lied about it to his family for over a month, do you believe Brent Mack would get bond?” Solomon-Simmons asked. “What other answer can you point to? I think the fact that he was (a) prominent white businessman who killed an African-American man played into the decision.”