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March 6, 2013

Five suspects charged in arson, slaying

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NORMAN —

Norman firefighters responded to a fire at Burton’s residence, 619 Villa Drive, at 11 a.m. Feb. 13.

Police reports indicate the home had been ransacked and several items, including the victim’s pickup, were missing. During the alleged robbery, King was reported to have shot Burton, then moved the body, doused it with accelerant and started the fire to destroy evidence, according to the police report.

King — accompanied by York, Dewberry and Walker — used the victim’s credit cards at Riverwind Casino, where all four were caught on the casino’s video surveillance, according to the police report.

Police interviews of the four subjects revealed that all four were at the victim’s residence at the time of the murder, according to the affidavit. Dewberry and Walker were waiting in a vehicle outside the home when an alleged altercation between the victim and King resulted in the shooting death, according to police reports.

Investigators allege that Dewberry and Walker concealed both a credit card belonging to the victim and the handgun used in the murder. According to police reports, Walker admitted to attempting to wiping fingerprints from the gun and covering it with grass in a ditch near the casino.

The suspects are believed to have stolen the victim’s pickup.

King and York reportedly were caught on video at the Days Inn at Interstate 35 and SE 82nd in Oklahoma City along with Smith and the victim’s pickup. The partially stripped pickup was later found at Smith’s residence, according to the affidavit.

York and King are charged with arson and the first-degree murder of Burton. King also is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

York and King are being held in the Cleveland County jail.

The Burton family has a funeral fund set up at Arvest Bank for Patrick Burton. A bank representative said Burton banked there and donations can be made at any Arvest Bank branch.

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