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August 16, 2012

Area death followed accidental shooting

Officials find no evidence of foul play in Hitchita man’s demise

— A Hitchita man found dead in his pickup appears to have died after accidentally shooting himself, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detective Dewayne Hall said the investigation into the death of Robert Hall, 55, who was found dead Monday night in his driveway in Hitchita, hasn’t been closed yet.

However, Hall said Thursday the deceased appeared to have accidentally shot himself. The cause of death won’t be confirmed, Hall said, until the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office finishes its report, but Hall said the gunshot wound didn’t appear to have killed the man.

“I’ll just say that he shouldn’t have died from the gunshot wound,” Hall said. “From what we can see, there’s no indication of foul play. He may have died from a heart attack after the gunshot, but that’s just speculation.”

One of Hall’s neighbors said Tuesday she heard him honking his pickup’s horn Monday night for 30 to 45 minutes before the noise stopped. Shortly after, the neighbor said deputies arrived at Hall’s house and found his body.

Funeral services for Hall have been set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Community Church in Whitefield.

The sheriff’s office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation responded to reports of two dead bodies in McIntosh County on Tuesday.

About seven hours after Hall’s body was found in his pickup, Checotah Fire Department firefighters found a woman’s body inside a burning house just five miles west of Checotah.

The body of Deborah Kathryn Kelsoe, 57, was found inside the home after firefighters put out the fire.

The State Fire Marshals Office ruled Wednesday that the fire had been sent intentionally, but the sheriff’s office said Thursday there was no update as to Kelsoe’s death.

“That investigation is still ongoing,” Hall said.

Funeral services for Kelsoe have been set for 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Checotah.

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

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