MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 9, 2013

Arrest here in Tulsa slaying

City man turned over in robbery, homicide case

By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Law enforcers arrested a Muskogee man who was sought in connection with a Tulsa robbery and homicide that occurred in late September.

Jordan Batice Mitchell, 20, was arrested Friday after a police pursuit that ended shortly after 11 a.m. at Pilot Travel Center on U.S. 69 at Harris Road. Law enforcers said Mitchell pulled into the parking lot, where he became trapped by heavy traffic and was captured.

Shortly after Mitchell’s arrest, Muskogee and Tulsa police executed a search warrant at his residence in the 3300 block of Hancock Street. Evidence was being processed late Friday.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said an arrest warrant for first-degree murder and armed robbery was issued for Mitchell in connection with a Sept. 27 homicide that occurred in southeast Tulsa. Christian Dehart was shot and killed inside the garage of his house and two others were injured when two men approached them shortly after midnight.

“Because of the ongoing status, not much information can be released as to how Mitchell was developed as a suspect,” Walker said, adding more arrests are anticipated. “We believe that Mitchell and his accomplices were at the residence to commit an armed robbery.”

Muskogee Police Cpl. Michael Mahan said Mitchell’s arrest came shortly after he left his southeast Muskogee home. Tulsa police set up surveillance at Mitchell’s residence after developing information that allegedly ties him to Dehart’s death.

“Mr. Mitchell ... exited a residence on the east side of Muskogee and was followed by Tulsa Police who requested assistance from our agency,” Mahan said. “Muskogee Police then attempted to stop Mr. Mitchell, who was driving a brown GMC pickup. Mr. Mitchell threw a bag of what is believed to be marijuana in a trash can before being subdued by officers.”

Mitchell was free on $100,000 bond for outstanding drug and weapons charges filed June 19 in Muskogee County District Court when the Tulsa homicide occurred. Mitchell was arrested by Muskogee and Cherokee Nation law enforcers after a traffic stop.

A trip to Mitchell’s home resulted with the discovery of six guns police believed stolen, more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and more than $10,000 in cash. Police also found a toddler in the home.

Mitchell was turned over Friday to Tulsa police for questioning and booking.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.