Man charged in Oklahoma City killing was questioned in Weatherford teen's disappearance

Three people — including a man questioned about the recent disappearance of a Weatherford teen — were charged with first-degree murder late last week in Cleveland County in connection with the September shooting death of 22-year-old Jonathan Patton.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: December 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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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.


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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