Stilwell woman, 'neighborhood grandmother,' killed in home

Virgie Murphy, 88, was known as the neighborhood grandmother. She was killed Saturday in her home. A 20-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with her death.
BY ANN KELLEY Published: December 28, 2011

A woman was being held in jail Tuesday on a murder complaint in connection with the death of an 88-year-old Stilwell woman.

Virgie Murphy, a woman known as a “neighborhood grandmother” in her community, was found dead Saturday with severe trauma to her body, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

Tonya Watie, 20, of Stilwell, was being held without bail in Adair County jail on complaints of murder and burglary.

Watie was in Murphy's home when authorities responded to a 911 call, Brown said.

Brown said there is no indication the women knew each other.

Brown said the state medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine exactly how Murphy died. She said authorities are withholding information about who made the 911 call and specifics about the type of trauma Murphy suffered.

Murphy lived in a modest home in a rural neighborhood a mile south of Stilwell, sheriff's department investigator Jeremy Alverson said.

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