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Investigators seize evidence from accused killer Jerrod Murray's dorm room at Oklahoma school

Jerrod Murray, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5 shooting death of Generro Sanchez. Both men were freshmen at East Central University in Ada, OK, and lived on the same floor at Pesagi Hall dormitory.
by Andrew Knittle Published: December 24, 2012
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An affidavit filed by investigators seeking to search the dorm room of accused killer Jerrod Murray indicates authorities suspect Murray had plans to carry out more acts of violence.

Murray, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5 shooting death of Generro Sanchez, 18. Both men were freshmen at East Central University and lived on the same floor at Pesagi Hall dormitory.

Sanchez's body was found in a ditch near Asher, Murray's hometown. He 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.

The affidavit states that Murray claims to have no remorse about shooting Sanchez, who was lured to death after he agreed to give Murray a ride to a store in exchange for $20.

‘Objective A'

A search warrant affidavit filed Dec. 7 in Pontotoc County reveals investigators believe Murray may have planned additional crimes.

Shane Schroth, described as Murray's roommate in the affidavit, told investigators Murray called him the night of Sanchez's killing and boasted that he'd “reached or accomplished objective A.”

Schroth, who said he knew Murray before attending East Central, told investigators Murray had “told him … one to two weeks ago (that) he ‘needed' or ‘wanted' some ammunition.”

Josh Dean, an investigator for the district attorney's office in Hughes, Pontotoc and Seminole counties, wrote in a search warrant affidavit that Murray's statements about reaching “objective A” are troubling to law enforcement officials.

“Murray stating to Schroth, ‘I've reached or accomplished objective A,' leads investigators to believe Murray has planned out other objectives to be ‘reached' or ‘accomplished,'” Dean wrote. “Homicide suspects oftentimes make lists or documentation on pre-planned crimes in order not to forget details.”

Schroth told investigators Murray was wearing “a black suit, yellow shirt, black trench coat, a black fedora and black dress shoes” on the night of the killing.

The defendant, known around the East Central University campus for always wearing a black suit, had been dressing that way for years, school officials in Asher said.

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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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