5 charged in connection with Norman murder
NORMAN, Okla. – New details emerge on a Norman murder.
Prosecutors have now charged five people in connection with the crime.
All of the suspects are accused in the killing of Patrick Burton.
The Norman man was found dead inside his burned home in mid-February.
Prosecutors said two suspects, Mary York and Chris King, conspired to rob and kill the 51-year-old victim before setting fire to his home.
“We believe they went to there to rob Mr. Burton and there was a struggle and the gun was fired,” Cleveland County assistant district attorney Susan Caswell said.
Prosecutors said they believe York and King, along with two other men, then drove to Riverwind Casino where they allegedly used the victim’s credit card.
The third suspect, Justin Dewberry, is accused of serving as the group’s getaway driver.
“He was aware that the robbery was going to occur and was waiting to drive them from the scene and did so,” Caswell said.
Suspect four, Michael Walker, is accused of hiding the murder weapon in a grassy ditch outside the casino.
“He didn’t go in the guy’s house, he didn’t touch the truck,” Walker’s dad said. “The only thing they have on him is hiding the gun.”
Walker’s father said his son admitted to hiding the gun but only because the first three suspects threatened his life.
“He hid the gun; they threatened to kill him so he was in the car and took the gun out and hid it,” Walker’s dad said.
The fifth suspect, Jeremy Smith, is accused of stripping down the victim’s white pickup.
Police later found the truck at Smith’s home in Oklahoma City.
Prosecutors admit having five suspects charged with one murder doesn’t happen every day.
“It is unusual,” Caswell said. “It seems they had a lot of friends that were willing to cover up the murder.”
The two suspects charged with murder, York and King, are being held without bond.
The other three were given bonds between $100,000 and $250,000.
According to court records, the victim knew the female suspect who allegedly advertised for an escort service online.
The victim’s family has repeatedly refused to talk about the case.