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Tulsa man sentenced in parents' stabbing, decapitation

Oklahoman Published: December 6, 2003

TULSA A Tulsa County judge has imposed consecutive terms of life without the possibility of parole on a man whose parents were fatally stabbed and their bodies decapitated.

Darren Craig Ellis was sentenced Thursday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to two first-degree murder counts.

The agreement should ensure that the 29-year-old will never get out of prison, Assistant District Attorney Eric Johnston said.

Broken Arrow police responding to a call found the mutilated and decapitated bodies of Ellis' mother, Margaret Hefley, 52, and stepfather, Troy Hefley, 58, about 5:20 a.m. Oct. 13, 2002.

A 911 recording indicated that a caller who identified himself as Darren Craig Ellis told a dispatcher, "I just killed my mom and dad."

Ellis admitted in court Thursday that he stabbed the Hefleys and intended to kill them.

Ellis spent months at a state hospital before being found mentally competent.

Dr. R. Shawn Roberson, a psychologist at Oklahoma Forensic Center, reported in July that Ellis had a past diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

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