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Murder, arson charges filed in Norman case

Charges of first-degree murder and arson were filed Friday against a Del City man and woman in the shooting death of Patrick Burton, 51, whose body was found Feb. 13 in his burning home in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013

— 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.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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