First-degree murder trial opens in Cleveland County court

Eddie Thompson, 35, of Oklahoma City, is on trial on a first-degree murder charge in the 2012 stabbing death of an Oklahoma City man.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: June 5, 2014
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Testimony is underway in Cleveland County District Court in a first-degree murder trial for one of three people accused of killing an Oklahoma City man in a 2012 home invasion.

Eddie Thompson, 35, is accused of stabbing to death Arthur Strozewski, 47, at his home at 9305 Winston Way in Oklahoma City. Thompson is also charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping.

According to prosecutors, Thompson and two other people — Loretta Hawks, 35, and Sebastian Shepherd, 19 — went to Strozewski’s house to beat him up because Hawks said he had raped her.

The three are accused of breaking into Strozewski’s house on Aug. 31, 2012, restraining him and his 14-year-old son with duct tape, then stabbing Strozewski multiple times. Strozewski’s 16-year-old daughter also was in the home at the time.

According to a court affidavit, police got a call about a burglary in progress and arrived to see a man running from the house. Officers used a helicopter and dogs to catch the man, later identified as Thompson.

Thompson’s trial, which began with jury selection on Monday, is expected to last about two weeks. District Judge Thad Balkman is hearing the case.

Hawks’ and Shepherd’s cases are pending.

Hawks has told police she used to live with Strozewski and that she drove Thompson and Shepherd to Strozewski’s house that night. She has denied having anything to do with the murder.


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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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