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Man is arrested in Sept. 20 beating death

The Oklahoma County sheriff's warrant team arrested Larry Eugene Tosh, 39, on a murder complaint. He is accused of killing Richard Allen Burns Jr., 32, on Sept. 20.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: October 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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Authorities have arrested a man known as “Big Irish” in the beating death of an Oklahoma City man.

Larry Eugene Tosh, 39, was arrested Wednesday on a murder complaint. He is accused of killing Richard Allen Burns Jr., 32.

Burns was found beaten about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 1100 block of SW 41. He was taken to OU Medical Center, where he died.

On the night of his death, Burns told several people he was on his way to the Red Dog Cafe to meet “Irish,” who was going to help him with his drug debt, according to the arrest warrant.

A friend said she called Burns about 10:10 p.m. and a man with a strong “Irish” accent answered Burns' phone and told her to not call again unless she was bringing money to Burns, according to court documents.

An informant told police he knew Larry Tosh as “Big Irish,” a member of the Irish mob, and that Tosh told him he had been hired by a Mexican drug dealer to beat up Burns because of his drug debt.

The informant also told police Tosh said another member of the Irish mob named “Cagle,” who is in prison, wanted Burns beaten up because he thought Burns had been with his girlfriend.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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