, Muskogee, OK

December 13, 2013

No arrests in area slaying

More than 30 interviewed in fatal shooting

By Anita Reding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— More than 30 people have been interviewed in the investigation of the early November death of a Muskogee County man.

Codye Lee Burris, 24, of Haskell was found Nov. 2 in front of a house in the Haskell city limits.

No arrests have been made in the case. Rae Lea Spears, a Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department investigator, said investigators have submitted evidence to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation lab and are waiting for results.

Spears said that the sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 12:32 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, Burris was lying by the road. His car was parked in front of the house, whose occupants were acquaintances of his.

Spears said that Burris had walked a few hundred feet from his car to talk to somebody, and he was then shot.

Spears said that Burris had multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses said that after the shots were fired, a white pickup and a car sped away, Spears said.

Authorities have also viewed videos from convenience stores, which Spears said “has helped with the investigation.”

Spears said she does not know when the OSBI will provide lab results.

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