The Norman Transcript

Local news

March 5, 2013

Third suspect draws accessory to murder charge

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Bicycle Racks Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Water Reclamation Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Parks officials set to fog for mosquitoes in Norman

    Norman parks and recreation officials will fog for mosquitoes Saturday night in northeast Norman....

    August 1, 2014

  • New natural gas plant coming to south central area

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new plant projected to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is coming to the Grady/Stephens county area....

    August 1, 2014

  • Motorists should watch for pedestrians

    With another school year approaching, the Norman Police Department wants motorists to be mindful of the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic. During the month of August, the Norman Police Department will concentrate resources in the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Man charged with rape A Norman man was charged with second-degree rape Thursday after a teen reported that she had been engaging in sexual activity with him. Stacy Lynn Thomas, 36, had numerous sexual encounters with the 15-year-old girl ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 1:36 a.m. burglary in progress, 3700 block of Barwick Drive · 9:54 a.m. larceny report, 500 block of South University Boulevard · 10:42 a.m. larceny report, 1400 ...

    August 1, 2014