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Oklahoma City man killed after Facebook comment, police say

Oklahoma City police said a man was fatally shot after commenting on Facebook page about another man's girlfriend.
by Nolan Clay Modified: September 15, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 15, 2013

Getting on Facebook may have cost an Oklahoma City man his life.

Police reported the man was fatally shot after making a comment on Facebook about a young woman's swimsuit.

The woman's boyfriend is accused in the killing.

“This is a perfect example of some of the ridiculous reasons people kill for,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

Early July 12, Edmond James Tyree, 48, wrote “damm” on Facebook, misspelling his compliment about the woman's photo.

Five days later, a gunman killed Tyree inside his apartment. The gunman also wounded Tyree's visiting friend, Michael Joe Hale. The victims were not robbed of any jewelry or money, police say.

Police in July arrested Antwion Courtez Martin, 20, of Oklahoma City.

Martin is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. He remains in Oklahoma County jail. His attorney, assistant public defender Jacob Keyes, declined to comment.

Close enough connection

Homicide detectives think there is a close enough connection between the killing and the comment that they took legal steps in August to preserve the woman's and homicide victim's Facebook pages as evidence.

“During an interview … Martin acknowledged having words with the deceased victim about his comments made about the bathing suit photo,” Oklahoma City police detective Ryan Porter wrote in a court affidavit.

The woman was identified in the court affidavit as Sharda Perkins. She posted the photo in June, writing, “Me on my way swimin.”

Using an obscenity, Martin angrily asked online what Tyree meant by his “damm” comment, Perkins' Facebook page shows.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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