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Haskell County murder suspect fights extradition from Montana

Despite confessing his involvement in the 1987 slaying of an elected official in Haskell County, Clifford Eagle did not sign documents that would have made his extradition from Montana a quick and easy process.

BY ANDREW KNITTLE Published: May 1, 2012
/articleid/3671258/1/pictures/1708466">Photo - Clifford Eagle Eagle confessed to involvement in slaying.
Clifford Eagle Eagle confessed to involvement in slaying.

A longtime resident of the area around Stigler, Eagle told investigators that he and another man, Vince Allen Johnson, were on a county road in Haskell County when they encountered Reasnor. He said Reasnor accused Johnson of “stealing some of his property” a few moments before the county commissioner was shot dead.

Reasnor was found dead inside his pickup by his son and son-in-law. He had a gunshot wound to the temple and was found slumped over in his truck on land he owned about four miles southwest of Lequire.

Eagle said he fired his handgun, a Ruger .357 loaded with .38-caliber bullets, at Reasnor after Johnson indicated the victim was “going for a gun.” He said he thought Johnson “may have fired” his weapon — a Smith and Wesson .38 — as well, court records show.

The bullet pulled from Reasnor’s head nearly 25 years ago was a .38-caliber slug, according to a state medical examiner’s report at the time.

Johnson was executed by the state of Oklahoma in 2001 for the murder of Shirley Mooneyham, 44, of Pittsburg County.

Eagle, who was listed on the sex offender registry in Montana at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to a Pittsburg County rape in 2003. He also pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in 1998 and was convicted of escaping from an Oklahoma penal institution seven years before that.

At one time, a multicounty grand jury had indicted Billy Ray Wilson, a political enemy of the Reasnor at the time of the slaying. A judge dismissed the murder charge against Wilson in 1998 at the request of the prosecutor.

Wilson could not be reached by phone to comment on this story.

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