The two brothers charged in the September 2010 slaying of Brianna Ault, 22, of Fort Smith, are a step closer to trial.
Elvis and Jonathan Thacker are charged with first degree murder in Ault’s death in LeFlore County and are expected to soon be extradited from Arkansas to Oklahoma. Ault’s body was found in a pond near Pocola.
The two brothers are one step closer to being extradited from an Arkansas prison to face first degree murder charges in Oklahoma.
Bethany Ault-Pyle is still seeking justice for her slain 22-year-old daughter.
"They don't realize that the guys are not in prison for my daughter," said Ault-Pyle.
The Thackers are currently serving time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to unrelated rape and kidnapping charges and attempted capital murder of a Fort Smith police officer.
"Since they finished their prosecution, we have gotten the wheels turning so to speak to bring them over here to LeFlore County," said LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith.
Smith says both men could face the death penalty.
Under the interstate agreement on detainees, Smith says once the brothers get to an Oklahoma jail, they only have 120 days to bring them to trial before the case gets dismissed.
"The penalty is a dismissal with prejudice, which essentially means you can't prosecute them for murder and that's not acceptable," he said.
As prosecutors go through the process of bringing the Thackers from Arkansas to Oklahoma for trial Smith says the brothers could be moved into their custody within the next six months.
While prosecutors prepare for trial, Ault’s family waits for closure.
"I know she's watching us and I want her to know that we are fighting for all this," said Ault-Pyle.