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Police identify Chicago man as suspect in 1996 Oklahoma City slaying

Dewayne Edmondson, 49, was interviewed by Oklahoma City police detectives in the 1996 killing of Scott D. Penny, 36; DNA from a cigarette butt and a unique tattoo in a photo led to the parolee.
by Tim Willert Published: July 13, 2012

More than 16 years after an aerospace engineer was found stabbed to death in his Oklahoma City home, police have identified a suspect in the case, court papers show.

Dwayne Edmondson, a 49-year-old parolee living in Chicago, is wanted in the 1996 killing of Scott Douglas Penny, 36, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed this week in Oklahoma County District Court.

DNA from a cigarette butt found in Penny's garage, along with a photo of a well-developed black man with a unique tattoo on his bicep led Oklahoma City police detectives to Edmondson, who lived in Oklahoma City when Penny was killed.

Edmondson is in custody in Illinois, but he has yet to be arrested in the homicide, a police spokesman said Friday.

Co-workers found Penny on Jan. 30, 1996, when they went to his home after he failed to show up for work. Penny worked at Tinker Air Force Base and lived alone.

His house had been ransacked and several items stolen, including his television, stereo equipment, pager and camera. Penny's red 1990 Chevrolet pickup also was missing, police reported.

Victim had ‘fetish'

According to the affidavit, Penny, who was gay, was known to pick up strangers and had a “fetish” for arm muscle development. Investigators recovered more than 100 Polaroid photographs of nude and seminude males flexing their biceps.

Investigators determined two pictures lying next to a Polaroid camera were the last two pictures taken with the camera. Both photos depicted a black man posing and flexing his bicep muscles, police said.

One of the photos gave a partial view of the man's face; the other showed the same man posing from behind. In the second photo, a tattoo of a unique star is visible on the upper right arm, according to the affidavit.

All of the photos appear to have been taken from inside Penny's residence in the 2600 block of NW 121, police said.

Two days before Penny's body was discovered, a black man driving a red pickup believed to be Penny's sold the victim's camera and pager at a drug house in Oklahoma City. The people who bought the stolen items claimed they didn't know the man by name.

Penny's pickup was found three days after the killing across from the Jesus House homeless shelter in the 1200 block of Sheridan Avenue.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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