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Accused killer Jerrod Murray was feared by Oklahoma college dorm neighbors

An East Central University college student who got into a fight in October with accused killer Jerrod Murray told campus police he was afraid of Murray and feared the young man “may try to blow him up,” police records show.
by Andrew Knittle Published: December 17, 2012
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A college student who got into a fight in October with accused killer Jerrod Murray told East Central University police he was afraid of him and feared the young man “may try to blow him up,” court records show.

Murray, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of fellow student Generro Sanchez, who was also a freshman. Murray is being held at the Pottawatomie County jail.

Sanchez's body was found in a ditch near Asher, Murray's hometown. The young man had been shot twice in the head, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer wrote in an affidavit.

Murray, who was arrested near the homicide scene Dec. 6, confessed to killing Sanchez simply to see how it would feel, Palmer wrote.

Murray also claims to have no remorse about shooting Sanchez, who was lured to death after he agreed to give the Murray a ride to a Walmart in exchange for $20.

Documents released by East Central University show those closest to Murray at the time of the homicide feared the young man — known around campus for wearing a black suit at all times.

An Oct. 3 report made by university police details an altercation between Murray and Wyatt Freeman, 18, inside a dorm room at Pesagi Hall, where both of the men lived.

According to police records, Freeman put Murray in a chokehold and caused him to briefly lose consciousness.

Murray, Freeman and two other men, including Sanchez, had been playing the popular video game Mario Kart — a racing game — just moments before the incident.

“Freeman advised that he and Murray were having a discussion about ‘tapping out,'” the report states. “He stated that Murray didn't think he could make him ‘tap out' with a chokehold.

“Freeman stated that he put Murray in a chokehold and that Murray immediately passed out and ‘hit the floor.'”

After Murray regained consciousness, the two young men continued to bicker. At one point, Murray punched Freeman and spit on him, the report shows.

Eventually, campus police responded and took statements from Murray, Freeman and three other young men, including Sanchez.

Sanchez, who lived in Pesagi Hall near Murray, signed a statement confirming Freeman's version of events.

The 18-year-old homicide victim described how Murray began “convulsing” on the floor after the chokehold and how Murray claimed to have “memory loss due to lack of oxygen.”

“Wyatt then insists that Jerrod was full of it,” Sanchez wrote in his statement. “Jerrod then yells and lunges at Wyatt, punching him in the temple and spitting (on) Wyatt.”

Police reports provided by East Central University reveal that Freeman was afraid Murray would “harm him” after the chokehold incident.

“He wants Murray moved out of the dorm or at least away from his room,” the report states. “He stated that he is concerned that Murray may try to blow him up and made reference to Murray having the ‘anarchist' manual in his room.”

University spokeswoman Amy Ford said the incident didn't stick out to administrators at the time.

“It was nothing unusual, you know, for young guys in a college dorm,” Ford said.

Never in trouble

In Murray's hometown, Asher Police Chief Tommy Greggs said Murray had never been in trouble with the law while he lived in the small town in south Pottawatomie County.

“This being a small town, I had seen him around a lot … coming and going to school and stuff like that … and he seemed fine to me,” Greggs said. “It was a total shocker around here.”

The gun Murray told investigators he used to kill Sanchez was stolen from Daniel Davis, a man who lives in Asher, court records show.

Attempts to reach Davis were unsuccessful, but his mother, Linda, confirmed the .40-caliber Springfield handgun was stolen from her home and that it belonged to her son.

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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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