Keegan Harroz and Barry Titus II are facing the death penalty
A highly sought-after criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma City, Keegan Harroz, was known for mounting a strong case on behalf of her clients. “She was someone who believed in you, even when you stumbled,” says Lisa Weiszmiller, who met Harroz in 2013. When Weiszmiller ended up in the hospital for back surgery, Harroz came to pick her up, got her medications at a pharmacy, took her home and cleaned her house.
But authorities say Harroz had a much darker side.
On April 8, 2021, Harroz, 40, along with client-turned-lover Barry Titus II, 42, were arrested and charged with the premeditated triple murder of Titus’s former girlfriend Tiffany Eichor, 43, and Eichor’s parents — Jack, 65, and Evelynn “Kaye” Chandler, 69 — on Sept. 7, 2019.
According to Okmulgee County authorities, Titus and Harroz broke into the family’s house in Beggs, Okla., and fatally shot Eichor, who had previously accused him of violence, and her parents in “a complicated murder plot.” Eichor, a former medical technician who briefly dated Titus after meeting him on Tinder in 2017, was killed to stop her from testifying against him at his upcoming trial for allegedly beating and attempting to strangle her in November of that year, and her parents died because they were witnesses, prosecutors claim.
Harroz and Titus have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges as well as burglary in the first-degree. If convicted, they face the death penalty.
Harroz seemed to be on the path to success. After graduating from Oklahoma City University School of Law, the Texas native worked as an assistant public defender before starting her own law firm in 2014.
But she also found herself on the wrong side of the law. In May of that year, she was charged with the domestic assault of her then husband, Nicholas Harroz, after allegedly kicking him in the face twice. She began representing Titus, a former crane operator, in 2018 for drug and firearm charges. She also represented him in the domestic assault and battery charge against him and a restraining order involving Eichor. When she began dating Titus, “her decision-making went down the tubes,” says David Bedford, Harroz’s ex-boyfriend and former law partner.
Authorities say that two months after Titus was arrested for domestic assault and battery on Eichor in Oct. 2018, Harroz asked one of her clients to plant what she described as methamphetamine — actually a bag of sugar — at the Chandler family’s house where Eichor also lived to discredit them. Eichor’s parents found the package and called the police — and then installed a security camera.
“Jack never knew what [Titus] might do,” says Jack’s colleague Darrel Spradlin. “I'd offered to give him a shotgun, but his wife wouldn't let any weapons in the house. He said, ‘I don't know what could happen’ so he put in a security system, with the cameras.”
One of Eichor’s sisters told authorities that she and her husband visited the family in March of 2019 and Eichor would not close her bedroom door at night. “She also slept on top of the bedspread/comforter, covering herself with a throw blanket, and always left the overhead light on,” prosecutors wrote in a filing. “When asked, Ms. Eichor stated she felt safer that way.”
Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 6, 2019, Harroz and Titus drove to Frisco, Texas, and had dinner with her family before checking in at the Red Roof Inn in Plano.
The couple then allegedly drove three hours back to Oklahoma, where around 3 a.m., authorities claim they cut the electric meter and phone lines at the Chandlers’ home and kicked in the front door. Jack was allegedly killed first. Eichor was outside her bedroom and shot repeatedly in the back “as they chased her down [the] hallway,” while Kaye attempted to hide in the closet before she was murdered, according to court documents. All three were shot with two different types of weapons.
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On the day Eichor and her parents were killed, prosecutors allege that a car resembling Harroz’s 2010 Lexus was seen on surveillance near the residence. Titus’s DNA was also allegedly found on a ball cap near the home.
Just days after the murders, on Sept. 13, Harroz’s brother called the Sachse Police Department in Texas and turned over an AR-15 rifle that “he stated was involved in a triple homicide,” according to court documents. The gun was traced to an Oklahoma man who told investigators that Harroz and Titus bought a rifle from him in Aug. 2019 and test fired another rifle they already had with them.
“The rifle shell casings from the homicide scene matched the rifle casings fired by the two of them at [witnesses] firing range,” according to a motion filed by prosecutors.
Friends and colleagues of Eichor are devastated by the loss of a woman who cherished her R2-D2 slippers and wore fun T-shirts at work. “She was just a good person,” says former colleague Debbie Deery. “Not a mean bone in her body. Everybody liked her.”
Those who knew Jack and Kaye, a longtime-married couple who loved to go on yearly cruises, are also shocked at the pointless murders. “This shouldn't have ever happened,” says Spradlin. “It was uncalled for. [Jack] was building up a little nest egg to finally retire.”
Meanwhile, Titus and Harroz remain in jail and their upcoming murder trials are expected in 2024. Says Bedford about the couple: “It was a match made in hell.”
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