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March 6, 2013

Five suspects charged in arson, slaying

NORMAN — Five suspects have now been charged in the Feb. 13 death of a Norman man.

Jeremy Alan Smith, Michael Dwanye Walker and Justin Tyler Dewberry were charged Monday in Cleveland County District Court. Walker, 25, Smith, 26, and Dewberry, 26, were each charged with one count of accessory to felony murder in connection with the robbery and murder of Patrick Burton, 51.

Smith’s alleged role in the crime is described in the probable cause affidavit in connection with the victim’s stolen vehicle, a white Chevy pickup. Walker and Dewberry are believed to have assisted in the robbery and concealing evidence.

Smith was booked into Cleveland County jail Feb. 28, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond. Smith’s record indicates a history related to auto theft. Last year, he was charged with receipt of a stolen vehicle. He pleaded guilty to a reduced receipt of stolen property in October 2012. According to court records, he was given a deferred sentence on that charge.

Walker was arrested and booked into Cleveland County jail Feb. 28 and is being held on a $100,000 bond in relation to the felony murder charges as well as a $2,500 bond for failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.

Dewberry fled and was apprehended Friday evening in a traffic stop at Interstate 40 and Sunnylane in Del City by a Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputy working with the U.S. Marshal Service’s Central Metro Fugitive Taskforce. He was booked into Cleveland County jail and is being held on a $250,000 bond. Court records indicate Dewberry pleaded guilty in 2009 of attempted larceny of a tractor.

Last week, District Attorney Greg Mashburn also filed charges against Mary Courtney Cheyenne York, 19, and Christopher Cody King, 24, for allegedly killing and robbing Burton and then setting his home on fire to conceal the crime.

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