SHAWNEE — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a former East Central University freshman accused of shooting a fellow student three times in the head.
Jerrod Murray, known for walking around the Ada campus and his hometown of Asher in an all-black suit, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court. He will stand trial in the Dec. 6 shooting death of Generro Sanchez, 18.
In a bill of particulars filed Thursday, District Attorney Richard Smothermon wrote that the killing is “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel” and that Murray deserves to die.
“While Generro Sanchez was driving and begging Jerrod Murray not to take his life, the defendant shot Generro Sanchez twice in the head,” Smothermon wrote in the document. “The vehicle left the roadway crashing into a tree, at which time Jerrod Murray went around to the driver's side of the vehicle, pulled the victim ... out of the vehicle and onto the ground and shot (him) a third time in the head.”
“Jerrod Murray then pushed the victim's body down into a ditch, covering him with leaves and sticks and leaving Generro Sanchez to languish and die.”
Murray, 18, was escorted to and from the courthouse in Shawnee under unusually heavy guard. Authorities would not say why so many guards were used to transport Murray, only that the large numbers would be standard for the defendant in any future court appearances.
As he was led into the courthouse by several guards, Murray politely said, “No ma'am,” when a TV reporter asked him if he had anything to say.
He kept his eyes to the ground and his expression unchanged.
Murray had a light beard and a ponytail. He was completely shackled.
victim was lured
Both Murray and Sanchez were freshmen at East Central University and lived on the same floor in the Pesagi Hall dormitory at the time of the killing.
Sanchez's body was found in a ditch near Asher, Murray's hometown in south Pottawatomie County. He had been fatally shot in the head, Undersheriff J.T. Palmer wrote in an affidavit.
Murray, 18, 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.
Authorities say Murray may have targeted other students living in Pesagi Hall.
A search warrant affidavit filed Dec. 7 in Pontotoc County states that Murray boasted to his roommate on the night of Sanchez's killing that he'd “reached or accomplished objective A.”
Josh Dean, an investigator for the district attorney's office in Hughes, Pontotoc and Seminole counties, wrote in the search warrant affidavit that Murray's statements about reaching “objective A” are troubling to law enforcement officials.
The statement “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 preplanned crimes in order not to forget details.”
Shane Schroth, the defendant's former roommate, 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.