, Muskogee, OK

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March 11, 2014

Prosecutor cites missing cash as murder motive

Case testimony outlined for jury on first day of trial

Assistant District Attorney Tim King said a Muskogee man was upset about missing money, leading to the shooting death of Skyler Brewer.

John Eldridge Cone, 19, is charged with the shooting death of Skyler Brewer, 26, and for injuries Robert Carmans received in September 2012. He is on trial for first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

In his opening statement Monday, King told the five men and five women on the jury that they would hear testimony from witnesses, police and medical personnel.

Defense attorney Jay. R. Cook reserved his opening statement Monday.

Police responded to a shooting call about 9 p.m. Sept. 6, 2012, court records state. Officers found two victims at the scene. Carmans was treated at the scene. Brewer was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, records state.

King said the first officer to arrive at the scene of the shooting will testify that he saw one man lying in the driveway of a residence and another man, later identified as Carmans, applying pressure to the man’s wound “in an effort to keep him alive,” King said.

The trial will also include testimony from the medic who provided medical care at the scene and the medical examiner who will testify about the cause and manner of death, King said.

Another witness will testify that Cone was upset that his money was missing from the home of an acquaintance, King said.

Witnesses will testify about hearing someone yelling at a nearby car areding@muskogeephoenix.comwash, then yelling at the residence on Broadway where the shooting occurred. There will also be testimony from a witness regarding the shooting.

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