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July 3, 2014

Shooting probe waits on reports

OSBI, ME reports needed to complete investigation

Local authorities are waiting on reports from the state medical examiner’s office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation before they complete the investigation of a fatal shooting in May, said Sheriff Charles Pearson.

Jesse Lee Taylor, 24, died after he was shot at a residence in the Porum area May 18.

The shooting took place at the home of James Hines on East 233rd Street South, said Bert Poole, Muskogee County Sheriff’s investigator.

Pearson said that investigators with the sheriff’s office also are planning to conduct additional interviews regarding the shooting.

“We’re not going to get in a hurry on this investigation,” Pearson said. “We are trying to do the best we can to confirm the stories received.”

Pearson said his office is hoping to complete the investigation and submit the information to the district attorney’s office within the next couple of  weeks. The district attorney’s office will make a ruling regarding whether the shooting was justified or whether a crime was committed.

Authorities were notified of the shooting at 6:08 a.m. when Carolyn Hines called 911 and reported that her husband “chased the subject and shot him with a shotgun” after Taylor allegedly burglarized a vehicle. “Subject is currently laying in the roadway in front of the residence,” the 911 call log states.

The log also states that Carolyn Hines told the 911 operator that the “subject that was shot yelled at another person” and she believed there were two suspects. Hines also reported that her husband “has the subject at gunpoint.”

James Hines told authorities that he heard a noise, went outdoors to investigate and found Taylor in his truck, which was in the yard, Poole said on the day of the shooting.

“Guns were pulled, and Mr. Taylor got shot and killed,” Poole said.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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