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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— 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.”

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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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