ADA — An affidavit filed by investigators seeking to search the dorm room of accused killer Jerrod Murray indicates authorities suspect Murray had plans to carry out more acts of violence.
Murray, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5 shooting death of Generro Sanchez, 18. Both men were freshmen at East Central University and lived on the same floor at Pesagi Hall dormitory.
Sanchez's body was found in a ditch near Asher, Murray's hometown. He had been shot twice in the head, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer wrote in an affidavit.
Murray, 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.
A search warrant affidavit filed Dec. 7 in Pontotoc County reveals investigators believe Murray may have planned additional crimes.
Shane Schroth, described as Murray's roommate in the affidavit, told investigators Murray called him the night of Sanchez's killing and boasted that he'd “reached or accomplished objective A.”
Schroth, who said he knew Murray before attending East Central, told investigators Murray had “told him … one to two weeks ago (that) he ‘needed' or ‘wanted' some ammunition.”
Josh Dean, an investigator for the district attorney's office in Hughes, Pontotoc and Seminole counties, wrote in a search warrant affidavit that Murray's statements about reaching “objective A” are troubling to law enforcement officials.
“Murray stating to Schroth, ‘I've reached or accomplished objective A,' 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 pre-planned crimes in order not to forget details.”
Schroth 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.
The defendant, known around the East Central University campus for always wearing a black suit, had been dressing that way for years, school officials in Asher said.
The search warrant affidavit reveals more details about the night Sanchez was killed, and it confirms the suspicions of another student who claimed Murray offered other Pesagi Hall residents $20 for a ride to the store.
Evan Jolliff, who knew both men and shared a suite with Murray, said Murray had asked other students to take him to the store during the past month.
Jolliff said his friend, who also lives in the Pesagi Hall on campus, had an altercation with Murray earlier in the semester and that some hard feelings lingered between the two.
“He asked me, my roommate and my friend to take him to Walmart, but we didn't,” Joliff said. “It's kind of scary.”
Wyatt Freeman, who got into a fight with Murray in October, told campus police officers he was afraid of the Murray, according to a police report.
“He wants Murray moved out of the dorm or at least away from his room,” the report states. “He stated that he is concerned that Murray may try to blow him up and made reference to Murray having the ‘anarchist' manual in his room.”
University spokeswoman Amy Ford said the incident didn't stick out to administrators at the time.
“It was nothing unusual, you know, for young guys in a college dorm,” Ford said.
Dean wrote in the search warrant affidavit Murray admitted to investigators that Sanchez wasn't his first target.
“Murray … advised that he had been planning this for weeks, and there had been previous failed attempts in doing so,” Dean wrote.
James Brown, described as a suitemate of Sanchez, told investigators Murray stopped by the victim's dorm room about 9:30 the night of the killing.
“Sanchez was leaving his dorm room when he was met at the door by Murray,” Dean wrote in the affidavit. “Murray asked Sanchez if he would give him a ride to Walmart in exchange for gas money. Brown advised Sanchez agreed to give him a ride, at which time they both left the room.”
An inventory of items removed from Murray's dorm room includes two laptop computers, a medical bill with Murray's name on it and his last will and testament.
Dean wrote in the search warrant affidavit that investigators were seeking a copy of the “Anarchist Cookbook,” but it wasn't listed on the inventory of items removed from the dorm room.
Murray is in the Pottawatomie County jail. No bail has been set.
Court records show he is due in court Jan. 8 for a hearing.