Douglass High School teacher arrested on Texas murder warrant

Seidah Muhammad Vaughn was arrested Monday in Oklahoma City on a first-degree murder warrant out of Cedar Hill, Texas. Authorities said Judy Bell, who shared a house with Vaughn, was shot and killed at their home Feb. 29, 2008.
By Matt Dinger and Megan Rolland Modified: December 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm •  Published: December 6, 2010
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A Douglass High School teacher was arrested Monday in connection with a 2008 shooting death in Cedar Hill, Texas, authorities said.

Seidah Muhammad Vaughn, 41, was arrested Monday afternoon at Douglass High School, Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said.

Vaughn was booked into Oklahoma County jail on a first-degree murder warrant from Cedar Hill, Texas, a jail spokeswoman said. She is being held without bail.

Judy Bell was fatally shot inside a home she shared with Vaughn in Cedar Hill, Texas, on Feb. 29, 2008, Cedar Hill police spokesman Corky Brown said.

Vaughn claimed that a burglar had come into the home, shot Bell and then left, Brown said.

“Our officers had a little trouble with that story since there was no sign of forced entry. She (Vaughn) has been a suspect since the very beginning,” Brown said.

He said both women worked at the same middle school in Cedar Hill, but he did not know in what capacity.

An indictment was handed down by a grand jury Friday after a break in the case was made, he said. Brown said he couldn't comment further on the new evidence.

Extradition proceedings are expected to start today or Wednesday, and Vaughn may be back in Cedar Hill before the weekend, Brown said.

Vaughn started as a substitute teacher in February 2009 for Oklahoma City Public Schools and became a full-time English teacher in March 2009 at Northeast High School, Kennedy said.


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