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2 McLoud brothers charged in shooting death of Adam Pacheco, 27

Two McLoud brothers have been charged in the shooting death of Adam Pacheco, whose body was apparently kept in a closet before it was found Dec. 29.
by Andrew Knittle Published: January 18, 2013

Two McLoud brothers have been charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Adam Pacheco, whose body was apparently kept in a closet before it was found last month near a dam at Shawnee Twin Lakes.

Andrew Fish, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in Pottawatomie County District Court in connection with Pacheco's death. His brother, Reuben Fish, is charged as an accessory after the fact.

A probable cause affidavit filed in the case states that Andrew Fish shot the victim “seven to nine times” with a handgun on the night of Dec. 28.

Records indicate the shooting happened at the Fish brothers' residence, 487 Harris Street in McLoud, shortly before midnight.

Pacheco, who was beaten up before his death, was shot three times in the upper chest, twice in the jaw and twice in the stomach, among other wounds, records show.

The affidavit doesn't shed light on a motive in the shooting, but at least three people saw Andrew Fish shoot the victim that night.

Two of the witnesses, Leslie Simpson and Anthony Grantham, were threatened with violence following the slaying. The shooter's brother, Reuben Fish, was apparently in the house at the time of the killing, as well, according to the affidavit.

“Andrew forced Simpson and Grantham into the bathroom at gunpoint,” the affidavit states. “Andrew threatened Simpson's children if she told anybody what happened.”

Reuben Fish, 33, is charged as an accessory because he helped his brother dispose of the victim's body, which was stored in a closet for 30 minutes while “Andrew came up with a plan,” the affidavit states.

“Reuben helped Andrew wrap Pacheco in the carpet,” the affidavit states. “Reuben carried the feet and Andrew carried the head and (they) carried Pacheco to the truck.”

Records show that Andrew Fish drove the body to the Twin Lakes area and “rolled Pacheco down a hill by the lake.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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