NORMAN — Police say the last person Patrick Burton talked to on his cellphone before he died was Mary Courtney York, a 19-year-old Del City woman who ran an online computer advertisement for an escort service.
York later told police she knew Burton, 51, and that he sometimes gave her money.
York and a companion, Christopher Cody King, 24, also of Del City, were charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with first-degree murder in Burton's death. They are accused of shooting him while trying to rob him, then setting a fire to cover evidence of the crime.
Both face first-degree arson charges, and King faces an additional count of larceny of Burton's truck.
Burton was found by firefighters about 11 a.m. Feb. 13 inside his burning home at 619 Villa Drive. The house appeared to be ransacked and his truck was missing.
In a court affidavit filed with the charges Friday, investigators say they found Burton's partially stripped truck Feb. 15 at 4309 SE 55 in Oklahoma City. It contained items that had been stolen from Burton's home. Police arrested King and York later that day at SE 29 and Sunnylane Road in Del City.
Police began looking for York and King after photographs surfaced of them at Riverwind Casino trying to use credit cards that belonged to Burton. The two also were caught on camera at an Oklahoma City hotel in possession of Burton's truck, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, King went to Burton's house to rob him and an altercation occurred. During the struggle, Burton was shot, police said.
After Burton was killed, King poured an accelerant around his body and set a fire to cover evidence of the crime, according to the affidavit.
After her arrest, York told detectives she had followed Burton to a bank the evening of Feb. 12 so he could get money and then was at his house when he was shot, the affidavit states.
Only King and York have been charged in Burton's death, although police also released photographs of two other people they were seeking for questioning.
According to the affidavit, evidence indicates others may have been involved in Burton's death, although no names have been released and no other arrests made.