The Norman Transcript

October 15, 2013

Second homicide suspect charged

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A suspect police had been searching for in connection to the murder of Nicholas Williams, 20, was found by the U.S. Marshal Service and charged with first-degree murder last week.

Norman police investigators began searching for Latricia DeeAnn Vaughn, 20, after an interview with 17-year-old Myron Burris, who was charged with the murder in September. Burris’ interview and further investigation led them to Vaughn’s alleged connection with the murder, records show.

Vaughn, Burris’ sister, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday and transported to the Norman Police Department, where she would not answer any questions about the murder, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The brother and sister were both charged with first-degree murder in Cleveland County District Court. Burris was charged Sept. 26, nearly two weeks after the homicide, and Vaughn was charged Friday.

During an interview with police, Burris admitted to burglarizing Williams’ residence Sept. 14 at Quorum Condominiums on West Brooks Street. Burris was also a resident at the condominiums, according to the affidavit.

Burris told police he didn’t know Williams was home at the time but ended up getting into a struggle with him and shooting him. He then fled the scene with property from Williams’ apartment, the affidavit said.

Burris told investigators a female, later identified as Vaughn’s girlfriend, drove him away from the scene after the burglary and shooting.

When police interviewed Vaughn’s girlfriend, she told investigators what happened the day of the homicide. The morning of Sept. 14, she said she heard Burris and Vaughn conspiring to commit a burglary.

Burris allegedly picked the location as a nearby apartment, telling Vaughn the resident had marijuana there and worked at a gas station, so no one should be home, the affidavit said.

The female told police the brother and sister put on hoodies and told her they were going to a nearby apartment. She was told to wait in her car, where she stayed in the parking lot playing her car’s music, the document said.

Independent witnesses also reported seeing two hooded figures walking toward the back of Williams’ apartment a few minutes before the incident and seeing the female waiting in the car outside of the apartment, playing loud music about 10 minutes before Williams called 911 and reported he was shot, records show.

The female told police Burris and Vaughn got in her car with laundry baskets containing property. As they left the scene, the siblings emptied the contents of the baskets and threw the baskets in the parking lot of the apartment complex, the affidavit said.

As the three drove from the scene toward Oklahoma City, Vaughn told her girlfriend someone had been shot during the burglary and Vaughn believed she shot him in the leg, the affidavit said.

Williams sustained two gunshot wounds that morning, one of which transected the femoral artery of his right leg, causing a fatal loss of blood, records show.

Both Burris and Vaughn told Vaughn’s girlfriend they both were involved in a physical altercation with Williams. Burris tried to subdue Williams with a choke hold, and Vaughn said she couldn’t get Williams off of her, so she shot him, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit filed with Burris’ charge, Burris told police he shot Williams.

DNA collected at the scene, including suspected bodily fluids and touch DNA, proved that both Burris and Vaughn were involved in the burglary and Williams’ murder, the document said.

Jessica Bruha