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Crime/Courts

February 23, 2013

D.A. files first-degree murder, arson charges

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A search warrant executed on the victim’s phone revealed the last call on Burton’s cell phone was from York, who allegedly has an online escort service. York said during police interviews that she knew Burton and had accepted money from him in the past.

According to the affidavit, “on the night of the murder she followed him to the bank to get money, and was present at the time of Burton’s death.”

The affidavit said the investigation revealed Burton allegedly was moved by King following his death and his body doused with accelerant and set on fire “in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the crime.”

King, accompanied by York, used the victim’s credit cards at Riverwind Casino and the couple were caught on video, prosecutors allege. Police posted pictures of the couple and two other persons of interest on the Norman Police Facebook page, resulting in tips from the public. The two other persons of interest were interviewed and released, according to Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley.

King and York of Del City, were also caught on video surveillance from an Oklahoma City hotel which showed them in possession of the victim’s missing pickup at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, according to the affidavit.

On Feb. 15, Burton’s pickup was recovered at 4309 SE 55th St. in Oklahoma City.

“The vehicle had been partially stripped and was found to still contain property that was stolen from the victim’s residence,” according to the affidavit.

King and York also were taken into custody at SE 29th and Sunny Lane in Del City on Feb. 15.

Both had previous charges in Oklahoma County, and court records indicate King and York reside at the same address in Del City.

York was arrested in October in Oklahoma County and charged with assault to commit a felony, grand larceny. A second count of using a vehicle in a drive by shooting was dropped. Court records indicate York was released on a $40,000 bond.

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