Kyle Joseph Vannortwick, 36, of Muskogee has been charged with first-degree murder in federal court after his attorney moved that state courts drop his murder charge there for lack of jurisdiction. Vannortwick and his alleged victim are both members of the Cherokee Nation.
According to documents filed with the state and federal cases, Vannortwick is accused of fatally stabbing his twin brother, Adam Vannortwick, in a Feb. 18 altercation at their home at 1001 Chestnut Street. Officers state they found Adam Vannortwick lying in the kitchen in a pool of blood, and that Kyle Vannortwick told them his brother fell and started bleeding.
Officers reported a large knife in the kitchen with blood and hair on it. They say Kyle Vannortwick stated he did not stab Adam Vannortwick, who, according to police, died from his injuries on March 4. The Oklahoma medical examiner determined the cause of his death to be homicide.
He has been held without bond at the Muskogee County Jail since his brother died, at which point the $100,000 bond he was being held on was removed to no bond.