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Norman man found in burning house was shot to death, medical examiner says

Norman police say a positive identification has been made of a body found Wednesday inside a burning house. Patrick Burton died of a gunshot wound and his death has been ruled a homicide, investigators say.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm •  Published: February 14, 2013

Neighbor Vicki Young said she has known the Burtons her entire life.

“I grew up with him. My parents lived in the same house I live in now, just down the street from them,” she said. “They are good people, wonderful people.”

Neighbor Jake Armstrong said he came outside Wednesday when he heard fire trucks and smelled smoke.

“I noticed right away his pickup truck wasn't there,” Armstrong said.

Firefighters were called to the house by a neighbor who saw smoke billowing from it about 11 a.m. They found Patrick Burton dead inside the home, along with the family's dog.

Anyone who has information about Burton's death or the whereabouts of the pickup should notify law enforcement immediately, Easley said. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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