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17-year-old suspect Matthew Fox claims self-defense in Oklahoma death

BY PENNY COCKRELL Modified: January 30, 2009 at 8:42 am •  Published: January 30, 2009
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went straight into his right neck.”

The state medical examiner’s office said Herrera, 41, had two knife wounds in his neck.

Fox and his girlfriend, Brittany Herrera, were arrested at a Denny’s restaurant in Fort Worth about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Fox insisted that if the father hadn’t hit his daughter, none of this would have happened.

"My mom’s been through situations where she’s been hit. I’ve seen girls hit, this and that at school. I just don’t like it,” said Fox, who is 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 150 pounds.

When asked if he had ever been abused, the answer was a simple, "No.”

So why didn’t Fox, a 10th-grade dropout from U.S. Grant High School, call an ambulance? "It was the adrenalin. … I can’t explain it.”

Of his flight from Oklahoma, Fox said he had a well-paying job waiting for him in north Texas.

"As soon as he hit the ground, I took off,” Fox said. "I didn’t look back twice. I didn’t want to.”

The victim’s stepson told police Fox had been staying in Brittany Herrera’s bedroom for two weeks without her parents’ knowledge. Fox said it was only three days.

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Extradition plans on hold for now

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON

Plans for the extradition from Fort Worth, Texas, of a 15-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend were not settled Thursday, the Cleveland County sheriff's office said.

Brittany Herrera and Matthew Fox were still in the custody of Tarrant County on Thursday.

Tarrant County officials said Fox waived his extradition proceedings, but Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett B. Burnett said he had not been notified that either teenager was “paper ready.” Burnett said he was probably not sending deputies to retrieve either teen until at least today.

The teens are suspected in the Saturday evening stabbing death of Leroy Herrera, 41, at the family's home in southwest Oklahoma City, in Cleveland County.

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