Muskogee man found competent to face murder trial

MUSKOGEE — A Muskogee man has been found competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 3, 2014

MUSKOGEE — A Muskogee man has been found competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

A defense attorney for 19-year-old John Eldridge Cone Jr. agreed to the findings from an evaluation of Cone at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

Cone is charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the September 2012 shooting death of Skyler Brewer in Muskogee and the wounding of another man.

Cone has pleaded not guilty.

Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore told a local newspaper that he believes Cone's trial will begin in February or March.

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