The Norman Transcript

January 22, 2007

Three charged with unauthorized removal of body

Transcript Staff

Three area residents were charged in Cleveland County District Court Monday with the unauthorized removal of a body.

Thomas R. Palmer Jr., 50, Norman, Merrick James Thunderbull, 29, Norman, and Keely Rae Black, 29, Norman, were all charged in connection with the discovery of Michael Fitzgerald Henderson's body Dec. 5 in northeast Cleveland County.

According to an affidavit filed with the charges, a Norman police officer discovered Henderson's body lying on the road near Southeast 179th and Douglas Boulevard in far southeast Oklahoma City. After identifying the man through fingerprints, officers interviewed relatives to find out where he was last seen.

Henderson was last seen with Thunderbull and Black in an east Norman home where they were drinking and taking pills, according to the affidavit. They told detectives they left Henderson alone in the front room of the home and returned to find him dead. They later dumped the body on the rural road, according to the affidavit.

Other charges filed recently include:

Robert A. Linder, 18, Oklahoma City, attempted second degree burglary;

Jessica Louise Hardeman, 26, Norman, possession of controlled drug with intent to distibute, failure to display tax stamp and unlawful possession of drug proceeds;

Cassandra Ruth Ayieru, 30, Moore, larceny of merchandise (two counts);

Dustin Lance Powell, 31, Norman, knowingly concealing stolen property;

Kevin Shawn Easley, 28, Ardmore, possession of controlled drug and knowingly concealing stolen property;

Dante Eugene Sumral, 25, Oklahoma City, felony driving under the influence of alcohol;

Trent David Revoir, 21, Moore, unauthorized use of a vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property.