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February 25, 2013

Trial begins in fatal shooting

Prosecutors say teen killed when group entered home for robbery

— Jurors heard testimony Monday in the death of Ryan Satterfield, a Muskogee teenager killed during what prosecutors said was a robbery that turned deadly.

Satterfield, 17,  was shot and killed in a house in the 1500 block of East Okmulgee Avenue the night before Thanksgiving in 2011.

The prosecution hopes to prove 19-year-old Deandre Clark shot and killed Satterfield, 17, while Clark and five others robbed Satterfield and his friends.

Clark is the first of six men arrested in the death to go to trial — Tommy Dean Jr., 21; Fredrick Watson, 19; Jordan Miller, 18; Martin Miller, 19; and Troy Dufur, 18; are also charged with first-degree felony murder in Satterfield’s death. Authorities have said Dufur was the group’s driver and never entered the home.

When the group was charged, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said the felony-murder charge can be applied to everyone involved in Satterfield’s death if they were committing a felony — in this case, robbery — that ended with Satterfield’s murder.

Two of Satterfield’s friends, Connor Adcock and Isaac Hopkins, testified they were smoking marijuana at Hopkins’ house Nov. 23, 2011, when Dean knocked on the door. Adcock said Satterfield had been talking to someone on the phone, so they assumed it was another friend.

It was Dean, Adcock said, who was at the door. Dean came inside and asked to buy marijuana, but was denied because Adcock told him they had none to sell.

Hopkins testified he had a bad feeling at that point and believed they were going to be robbed.

“It was a gut feeling,” Hopkins said.

Adcock testified Clark then entered the home with a .22-caliber rifle, and Jordan and Martin Miller, along with Watson, began collecting the teens’ items as well as going through the house.

Adcock said Clark butted him with the rifle, opening a deep wound on his head. He also testified Dean was giving orders to the group, and instructed Clark to “pop that one,” referring to Satterfield.

Clark then shot Satterfield, Adcock and Hopkins said, before Clark, the Millers, Dean and Watson ran out of the house.

Clark’s attorney, Larry Monard, focused his cross-examination of two state’s witnesses on the fact that neither identified Clark immediately after the shooting. Only after consulting yearbooks, Facebook and talking to each other, Monard said, did Adcock and Hopkins point out Clark as the shooter.

Monard also asked Adcock and Hopkins what happened following the shooting. Adcock said he was 100 percent sure Clark and the others ran out the back door of the house, while Hopkins said he was 100 percent sure they went out the front door of the house.

Testimony continues in the trial at 9 a.m. today.

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

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