Suspect in Oklahoma City shooting death is arrested in Alabama

U.S. Marshals arrested Deante Hawthorne in the June 14 Oklahoma City shooting death of Khaleeq Landon. Hawthorne was arrested in Alabama.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: June 26, 2012 at 10:23 am •  Published: June 25, 2012

Authorities have made an arrest in the June 14 shooting death of 16-year-old Khaleeq Landon at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex.

The teen was found dead about 9:45 p.m. at Windsor Village Apartments in the 4700 block of NW 24, police said.

U.S. Marshals arrested Deante Hawthorne, 20, about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Ozark, Ala., Deputy U.S. Marshal Callen Stephens said.

“We developed information he was in Ozark and sent a lead to the task force in Montgomery,” Stephens said.

Witnesses told police they saw Hawthorne argue with the victim before shooting him and running away, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court. He also was spotted with a black revolver on the day of the homicide.

Witnesses identified Hawthorne in a photo lineup and recognized a New York Yankees tattoo on the back of his neck, the affidavit states.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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