Bill G. Shirel, 87

Born February 17, 1934

Died June 10, 2021

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Born June 22, 1928

Died June 9, 2021

Virginia Lee Tutt, 82

Born January 16, 1939

Died June 8, 2021

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Born September 4, 1945

Died June 8, 2021

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Born May 23, 1943

Died June 8, 2021


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:26 AM

Elijah Brown

Elijah Kejuan Brown, 24, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with one count of first-degree murder after a June 5 fight in Haskell, where he allegedly stabbed John Shackleford numerous times in front of several witnesses.

Shackleford, who later died of his wounds, told his girlfriend, “he stuck me in the heart.” Police also observed him bleeding from a stab wound on his face. The two men were involved n a fist fight when the stabbing occurred, and one witness said Shackleford threw the first two punches.

At first Shackleford told police he had fallen in the yard and impaled himself on something. He never changed his story, but the birlfriend, according to police, did change her story after it became clear that his injuries were life-threatening. She said Brown and Shackleford were talking in the yard and a fight broke out, resulting in the stabbing. She said she saw Brown wipe a knife off on his shirt, then get in a car with two other men and leave.