The Norman Transcript

March 5, 2013

Third suspect draws accessory to murder charge

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A third suspect believed to be involved in the Feb. 13 death of a Norman man was charged in Cleveland County District Court on Monday.

Justin Tyler Dewberry 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.

On Monday, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn charged Dewberry, 26, with one count of accessory to felony murder. Dewberry is the third to be charged of four persons of interest apprehended and interviewed by Norman police in the murder and arson investigation.

Last week, Mashburn filed charges against Mary Courtney Cheyenne York, 19, and Christopher Cody King, 24, for allegedly killing and robbing Patrick Burton, 51, and then setting Burton’s home on fire to conceal the crime.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, the investigation by Norman Police revealed that Dewberry was involved with aiding York and King in the commission of the crimes. He also is believed to have participated in concealing evidence.

On Feb. 13, Norman firefighters responded to a fire at Burton’s residence, 619 Villa Drive, at 11 a.m . Burton’s burned remains were found in the home, but the chief medical examiner determined he died from a gunshot wound prior to the fire being set.

Police reports indicate the home had been ransacked and several items, including the victim’s pickup, were missing. The police investigation linked York to Burton through cell phone records.

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 Michael 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 residence of the victim 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.

Dewberry is believed to have driven the vehicle from the scene with York, King and Walker as passengers. Investigators allege that Dewberry and Walker concealed a credit card belonging to the victim and the handgun used in the murder in a ditch near the casino.

York and King are charged with arson and the first-degree murder of Burton. Walker has not been charged.

King also is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. York and King are being held in the Cleveland County jail, according to Sheriff’s Office detention records.

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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