NORMAN — Three people — including a man questioned about the recent disappearance of Weatherford teen Jaray Mickell Wilson — were charged with first-degree murder late last week in Cleveland County in connection with the September shooting death of 23-year-old Jonathan Patton.
Patton was found dead inside a known drug house in far south Oklahoma City after another man showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds.
Gilbert Paz, Kurtis Blake Southerland and Stacy Lafern Buckmaster were each charged with first-degree murder Friday in Cleveland County District Court.
Paz, 37, and Southerland, 26, also were charged with shooting with intent to kill, court records show.
A judge set bail at $1 million for each of the defendants.
Southerland was being held at the Cleveland County jail, while Paz and Buckmaster were in custody at the Custer County jail.
According to an affidavit filed by an Oklahoma City police detective, Buckmaster confessed her involvement in the Sept. 9 shooting of Patton.
The 25-year-old woman told investigators she suggested that Paz and Southerland rob the trailer's residents because she knew there would be plenty of drugs and cash inside.
“Buckmaster stated she had purchased methamphetamine in the past from a drug dealer she knew as the ‘kid prodigy,'” the detective wrote in the affidavit. “Buckmaster stated she had purchased narcotics … two or three times, had seen several thousand dollars inside the trailer and met an individual named Jon.”
The affidavit states that Paz and Southerland didn't even make it into the trailer at 12900 Kern Road. Buckmaster reported to police that she heard “five or six shots” after her accomplices ran up to the trailer.
“Afterward, Southerland told Buckmaster he was met at the trailer door by a male carrying a shotgun, whereupon Southerland fired several rounds inside the trailer,” the affidavit states. “Southerland did not know if he hit or killed anyone.”
The home was owned by Arthur Robert Wilson, 22, who has numerous drug arrests since 2008.
In May, the same trailer was raided by police, who said they removed thousands in cash and a small cache of drugs. Investigators said they also found evidence that Wilson had recently sold large quantities of marijuana, reportedly about 100 pounds.
Wilson, when questioned about Patton's death, reportedly admitted that he used the double-wide trailer to sell drugs.
Girl still missing
Paz has been in the news recently after he was questioned in the disappearance of Jaray Wilson, 16, who was last seen Oct. 15.
Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples told The Oklahoman in October that Paz was questioned because “his name kept coming up” during interviews with Wilson's friends and acquaintances.
Peoples said there was speculation among those same sources that Jaray Wilson may have been a victim of human trafficking, but investigators were unable to link Paz to the girl's disappearance.
Paz has been arrested several times in Oklahoma since 2003, including two weapons charges.
Buckmaster and Southerland also have extensive criminal records, with each logging several drug arrests dating to 2005.
Southerland also was charged Monday with possession of drugs in Caddo County.
Patton, the shooting victim, had been arrested at least three times on drug charges since 2007.