The Norman Transcript

April 10, 2014

Two plead guilty in murder

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Earlier this week, a man charged with first-degree murder waived his Monday jury trial and pleaded guilty to the murder charge and four other counts.

Court records show Gilbert Paz, 38, of Weatherford, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, conspiracy and attempted robbery in concert with Stacy Buckmaster and Kurtis Southerland, as well as possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

“On Sept. 9, 2012 ... I, Gilbert Paz, participated in a plan, along with Buckmaster and Southerland to rob a person. There were shots fired at one individual and another died as a result of the robbery,” part of the summary of facts filed with the plea states.

Buckmaster, 26, of Weatherford, also pleaded guilty. She was charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent, robbery with a weapon and conspiracy.

Records show a motion to quash was filed April 4 for Southerland, 28, of Thomas. The motion states sufficient evidence was not adduced at the preliminary hearing to establish that a crime had been committed.

Buckmaster, Paz and Southerland went to an Oklahoma City residence in Cleveland County in September 2012 after Buckmaster told the two men she believed the home would be easy to rob because of the lack of surveillance cameras and firearms, according to affidavits. She had previously been to the home to purchase narcotics several times and had seen several thousand dollars inside the trailer.

Paz and Southerland drove to a Walmart to purchase gloves and ski masks or bandanas for the robbery, and Buckmaster showed the men the location, the affidavit said.

Buckmaster waited in the vehicle as the two men went to the trailer on foot. After some time, Buckmaster heard five to six gunshots and Paz and Southerland ran back to the car, the document states.

“Afterward, Southerland told Buckmaster he was met at the trailer door by a man carrying a shotgun, whereupon Southerland fired several rounds inside the trailer. Southerland did not know if he hit or killed anyone,” the affidavit said.

Buckmaster later learned Jonathan Patton had died at the trailer. Patton was in the double-wide trailer at 12900 Kerns Road in Oklahoma City, where he was found dead the next day.

Detectives found narcotics, guns, digital scales and money in the trailer, as well as several 9mm shell casings on or around the porch outside of the trailer and in the trailer’s utility room. Numerous projectiles also were recovered at the scene, the affidavit said.

During interviews, Paz and Southerland admitted to being part of the robbery at the trailer, corroborating with Buckmaster’s confession. Paz also told police that Southerland shot a firearm before all three fled from the trailer, the document states.

Agreements listed in the summary of facts for Paz’s guilty plea included a life sentence for four counts. The fifth count, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, included 38 years in a Department of Corrections facility with the last eight years suspended, unless lowered at the request of the state at sentencing. The counts are set to run concurrent with each other. Formal sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. May 28 in District Judge Tracy Schumacher’s courtroom.

Agreements listed in the summary of facts for Buckmaster’s guilty plea included 45 years with 23 years in DOC for three of the counts, each with additional specifications such as parole and supervised probation. Ten years in DOC was listed in the agreement for the robbery with a weapon count.

The document also stated in the agreement that each count would run concurrently but is contingent upon Buckmaster’s cooperation and testimony consistent with a prior written statement and oral statements. Formal sentencing for Buckmaster is set for 1:30 p.m. April 30 with Schumacher.

A motion hearing has been set for Southerland at 9 a.m. Wednesday with Schumacher. Court records show a jury trial is scheduled for June 9.

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