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July 27, 2013

Sentencing date set after murder pleas

Brothers entered blind pleas in Ryan Satterfield slaying case

A sentencing date has been set for two men who pleaded guilty to the murder of Ryan Satterfield.

Satterfield, 17, was shot and killed Nov. 23, 2011, while visiting a friend’s home in Muskogee.

Brothers Jordan Miller, 18, and Martin Miller, 20, each entered a blind plea to first-degree murder in front of District Judge Thomas Alford earlier this week, said Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore.

The brothers were both set for jury trials to begin Monday, according to court records.

Instead, a pre-sentencing report has been ordered, and they will return to court for sentencing at 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

Ryan’s mother, Michelle Satterfield, said she feels some sense of relief with the brothers’ guilty pleas.

“Ryan was killed, and it will be the final outcome no matter what happens,” Michelle Satterfield said. “As far as the Miller boys pleading guilty, it is almost a relief to me, though. That way I don’t have to go through another trial and sit there through the same stuff I’ve already been through two other times.”

Satterfield said she believes the brothers’ guilty pleas show they are “acknowledging the part that they played” in her son’s death.

“And it’s a relief to me that we are finally getting through it, and now we only have two trials left to go,” she said.

Those two defendants, both charged with first-degree murder, are Fredrick Watson, 19, and Tommy Dean, 21.

Dean was tried once, but the jury did not reach a unanimous decision and a mistrial was declared. He returns to court for his next jury trial Aug. 12.

Fredrick Watson, 19, is the only defendant who hasn’t pleaded guilty or had a trial. He goes to trial beginning Aug. 5 for first-degree murder in Satterfield’s death, according to court records.

Deandre Clark, 20, was sentenced in June to life in prison on first-degree murder in Satterfield’s death. Clark was the man found guilty of shooting Satterfield while he and the other five defendants robbed Satterfield and his friends.

A sixth man, Troy Dufur, 19, was charged as an accessory in the case.

Officials said Dufur drove to the house where the robbery and shooting occurred, but never entered the house. Dufur pleaded guilty, and his sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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