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November 2, 2013

Haskell man shot dead in street

Investigators theorize he knew his attackers

A Muskogee County man was found shot to death early Saturday, said Rae Lea Spears, a Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department investigator.

Cody Lee Burris, 24, of Haskell was found in front of a house in the Haskell city limits. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 12:32 a.m., Spears said.

“When I got there, he was lying out there by the road on Osage Street,” Spears said. “He had multiple gunshot wounds that appear to be from close range.”

Burris’ car was in front of the house, whose occupants he knew.

Spears said Burris had walked a few hundred feet from the car to talk to somebody and was shot then.

“He must have known them for him to come up there and talk to them,” she said.

“Witnesses saw a white truck leaving the scene at a high rate of speed followed by a car,” Spears said.

Investigators did not get a description of the car, but they have the names of several people that they want to interview.

Burris had bought gas at a convenience store at 11 p.m. “Hopefully, we’ll get some video,” Spears said.

Burris’ body was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators want the public’s help in gathering information about the shooting.

“Any information would be greatly appreciated,” Spears said.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

If you have any information about the Saturday morning slaying of Cody Lee Burris, call Muskogee County Sheriff’s Investigator Rae Lea Spears at (918) 687-1275.

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