DEATHS

Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born December 24, 1937

Died May 22, 2020

Terry Lee Shipman, 65

Born June 2, 1954

Died May 19, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born July 19, 1940

Died May 18, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born June 23, 1972

Died May 17, 2020

Leon Gilyard, 77

Born February 8, 1943

Died May 16, 2020

Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born February 8, 1939

Died May 16, 2020

Rhunella Lillian Bailey, 83

Born August 9, 1936

Died May 16, 2020

Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born July 29, 1938

Died May 12, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born October 15, 1941

Died May 11, 2020

Louise Ward, 91

Born August 25, 1928

Died May 11, 2020

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born August 16, 1937

Died May 11, 2020

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:37 AM

Christopher Branton Melland

Christopher Branton Melland, 45, of Oktaha is charged in Muskogee County District Court with strangling his mother and threatening to kill her, according to documents filed with the case.

According to a police affidavit, on May 16, around 6 p.m., Melland wrapped and orange electrical cord around his mother’s neck and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. Police also allege he told his mother he would kill her and burn her belongings if she told anyone what happened.

Melland was convicted of domestic abuse - assault and battery previously in November 2017 and sentenced to a year in jail, with the sentence suspended. He’s also previously been convicted of endeavoring to manufacture controlled drugs, conspiracy to commit a felony, false personation, bribing an officer (two counts) and bringing contraband into a jail. He has received a total of 77 years in prison on those convictions.

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