Yukon man accused of killing reputed drug dealer

Ryan Cody Gothard, 27, was reportedly seen leaving the apartment of Janica Shoals, whose body was found the next day; police identify suspect through phone records, car registration.
TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2012

A Yukon man has been arrested in connection with the recent death of a woman who allegedly sold him prescription drugs, police said.

Ryan Cody Gothard, 27, was arrested Tuesday on a murder complaint, records show.

Gothard was seen leaving the northwest Oklahoma City apartment of Janica Shoals, 50, the morning she was killed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Shoals was found dead about 9:45 a.m. on May 18 when Oklahoma City police were called to an apartment at 7801 Lyrewood Lane to check on her.

Detectives investigating the homicide were told the victim was a “habitual” street drug user who also sold prescription medication, the affidavit shows.

Friends and relatives of the woman told detectives she sold pills to a white male known as “Whiteboy,” police reported.

Detectives identified “Whiteboy” as Gothard, using Shoals' cellphone records, police said.

Two maintenance workers at the apartment complex told detectives they saw a man walk toward the breezeway of the woman's apartment between 2 and 3 p.m. May 17, police reported.

The workers said they heard what they believed to be three gunshots or loud noises coming from the same area, and saw the same man reappear, the affidavit shows.

The man, according to police, asked the workers if they heard the shots and they told him they did. The man said he was going to call 911 then got in his car and drove off.

The workers wrote down the license plate number, which investigators said matched registration information police had for Gothard.


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