Wagoner County is surrounded by Rogers and Mayes Counties on the north, Cherokee County on the east, Muskogee and Okmulgee Counties on the south, and Tulsa County on the west. The 591-square-mile county was founded at the time of statehood in 1907. Major Wagoner County towns include Coweta, Okay, Porter, Redbird, Tullahassee, and the county seat of Wagoner.
Wagoner County is known for its rich Ozark Highlands prairies, hills and pastures, and the waterways of the Verdigris River, the Arkansas River McClellan-Kerr Navigation System, Ft. Gibson and other streams and tributaries. The latest U.S. Census puts the county’s population at 42,391.
Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry manages the Wagoner County office for District 27. He leads a staff of three ADAs and five support personnel in the office, located in the Wagoner County courthouse. Part of his duties include advising elected officials, which requires him to participate in weekly meetings and special meetings of the Wagoner County Commission.
Dry manages the county’s criminal court dockets, which includes initial arraignments, conference dockets, preliminary hearings, district court arraignments, non-jury trials and traffic hearings, and felony and misdemeanor jury trials. He also specializes in juvenile delinquent cases, mental health cases; and coordinates with the Department of Human Services to protect children and vulnerable adults from exploitation, neglect or abuse.
Dry has also led district attorneys’ offices in Cherokee County, Latimer County and for the Muscogee Creek Tribal Court and Seminole Nation Court of Indian Offenses. In addition to his experience as a prosecutor, Dry served 17 years in private practice, specializing in civil law and criminal defense.
Dry is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Career prosecutor Michelle Keely joined District 27 in August of 2016. She coordinates, prosecutes and assists with major crimes cases throughout the district.
Keely began her prosecutorial career as a clerk for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office while attending law school. Upon graduation from TU College of Law, she began work as a full time assistant district attorney. In 1997 she became a JAG for the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where she is currently assigned as a Lt. Col to the Joint Task Force at Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Throughout her career, Keely has supervised and mentored other ADAs in the juvenile, misdemeanor, alternative courts, and criminal divisions. With a record of more than 100 jury trials, Keely has specialized in prosecution of child crimes, sex crimes, robberies and homicides.
Haley Weaver is an Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Wagoner office, where she specializes in misdemeanors and cases involving controlled dangerous substances.
Weaver works closely with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Affairs to staff the prosecution of juvenile crimes. She also handles cases involving deprived individuals.
Raised in Porter, Weaver is a Wagoner County native. She moved back home to serve her community after earning her law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2017.
Will Cosner has served District as an ADA for four years, prosecuting cases ranging from unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to trafficking in controlled substances, to possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. He’s also prosecuted violence against police officers in Sequoyah County.
Cosner was raised on a farming and ranching operation in Gans, Oklahoma, and went on to obtain an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. He landed in the district shortly after graduating with his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University Law School. Will’s duties encompass Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee and Wagoner Counties.
Jacob Howell is a private practice attorney serving part time as an ADA for the district. In addition to providing counsel on civil matters such as drug forfeiture cases and condemnations, his flexibility and willingness to assist with other day-to-day issues enables us to contain personnel costs without impacting the quality of our service to the public.
Like many of our ADAs, Howell first served District 27 as a licensed legal intern and worked his way up to part-time ADA. As such, Howell has assisted in the prosecutions of multiple homicides, and he handles the prosecution of first-degree murder charges in other districts where District 27 was appointed to represent the state. Howell has also prosecuted child sex crimes, felony and misdemeanor jury cases, and homicide preliminary hearings. He has argued motions for homicide cases and coordinated grand jury proceedings. Howell also helps provide training when needed.