The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Neil Shai-Cameron Lewis, age 26, entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree murder in Indian Country. The crime occurred on March 21, 2020, at a Muscogee (Creek) Nation low rent housing addition located in Okmulgee County. The defendant was homeless and staying with someone in the complex, and during the course of hours, a group of men drank and socialized in an apartment in the complex. They drank to excess and became intoxicated, and the defendant started to become argumentative and aggressive toward the other drinkers.
Lewis then struck one of the men outside of the apartment, and the man was injured enough that EMS and the police were summoned. After attending to the injured man, the police knocked on the door to the apartment where the defendant and the other men had been drinking. Eventually, Lewis answered the door with blood all over him, and the police discovered the victim, Deslin Gouge, who had been beaten severely and was lying on the floor. It appeared that the television set and a coat rack were used as weapons to inflict blunt force trauma on the victim. The victim subsequently died, and while in the county jail, Lewis admitted to another inmate that he was a killer.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Muscogee Creek Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.