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Dakota Lane To Be Buried Tuesday


Funeral services for Dakota Lane will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Life Point Church, 2200 S. 32nd Street.

Yesterday, his killer was charged with:

~ First-degree murder in the stabbing death of Dakota Lane, 4, in his home. Lane was stabbed multiple times with a pair of scissors.

~ Assault and battery with a deadly weapon in an attack on Dakota’s mother, Stephanie ‘Tina’ Lane.

~ First-degree burglary for having entered the Lane home without permission and while it was occupied.

Aaron Laconsello appeared on camera to answer charges against him.

Laconsello, 18, also known as Aaron Michael Hooper, said he could not afford an attorney.  Special District Judge Robin Adair will request the state’s capital case indigent defense team to represent him.  Laconsello’s next appearance will be at a ‘sounding docket’ – also known as a pre-trial conference – at 9 a.m. on Nov. 29. At that appearance, a date will be set for a preliminary hearing for testimony to be taken.  Laconsello continues to be held without bond.

Dozens of Dakota’s family members and friends filled the small courtroom and spilled into the hallway. Tina Lane wasn’t able to find a seat on a courtroom bench, so she sat in the floor, holding a picture of Dakota.

District Attorney Larry Moore said the information he has received in the case indicates it meets the criteria for the death penalty.


Laconsello’s juvenile record is sealed, but police who have dealt with him say he does not have a history of violence.

“At times he could be uncooperative,” said Sergeant Jim Flores, NSU Police Dept. “Not physically uncooperative or violent, but uncooperative in the sense that he didn’t know how to follow directions.”

Laconsello was banned from Northeastern State University campus and later arrested after  he showed up again intoxicated. Officers said there was nothing that lead them to believe he was capable of murdering a child.

“Our contacts with him have been relatively minor. Hearing that this happened, I didn’t think that something like that would happen.” Sergeant Flores said.

Flores says Laconsello did tell officers on at least three occasions that he had consumed alcohol and cough syrup.

According to experts, abusing dextromethorphan, the active ingredient in cough syrup, can lead to hallucinations, paranoia, and psychological breakdown.

Laconsello showed little emotion at Friday’s hearing and only raised his chin only when Judge Adair asked him if could afford an attorney.

Muskogee Phoenix


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