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March 18, 2013

Suspect held in death

OKC man accused in stabbing of local

— An Oklahoma City man with a long criminal history is held without bond in the stabbing death of a Muskogee man.

Raheem Murphy, 21, was killed March 2 outside The Office Drinks and Nosh, an Oklahoma City club. Ricky “Rick Rock” Cooper, 31, was arrested Thursday. Cooper, jailed in the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a first-degree murder complaint, was arraigned Monday and will return to court April 2 for a revocation hearing.

Oklahoma City police said Cooper was one of a group of people outside the club when Murphy was killed. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said detectives tried to detain between 150-200 people as potential witnesses. Witnesses identified Cooper as the man chasing after Murphy with a knife.

Cooper’s Oklahoma Department of Corrections information lists convictions dating back to 2000, including drug, weapons and domestic abuse convictions. Cooper is serving a seven-year suspended sentence for convictions on possession of a controlled substance and assault and or battery with a dangerous weapon. The sentence began March 8, 2009.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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