, Muskogee, OK

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September 11, 2012

Murder charge filed in shooting

Killing is city’s first of year

— A Muskogee teenager held without bond was formally charged Tuesday for allegedly killing Skyler Brewer.

John Cone, 18, was arrested about 9 p.m. Friday at 28th and Findlay streets, a day after the city’s first homicide of 2012.

Cone was charged Tuesday with:

• First-degree murder.

• Assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Brewer was shot at 9 p.m. Thursday at 2009 W. Broadway. He died an hour later at Muskogee Regional Medical Center.

Court documents allege Cone tried to shoot another man, Robert Carmans, at the same time. Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office investigator Richard Slader said Carmans was grazed by a bullet, but he refused treatment.

Witnesses told police that the shooter was either Cone or his brother and that the shooter had “braids and NO gold teeth,” the affidavit says.

The affidavit states that the Cone family told investigators that John Cone, and not his brother, has braids and no gold teeth. Witnesses also told police that Cone was “yelling about his missing money.”

A woman named Tenesha Nunley was named as a person of interest in the shooting before police questioned and cleared her.

The affidavit states Nunley told police that Cone was angry because money had vanished from her house, and “Brewer was the only person in the house when the money went missing.”  

The affidavit states that Cone, who knew where Brewer lived, borrowed Nunley’s sport utility vehicle and was “gone for 15 minutes.”

Cone is held without bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. He has a sounding docket set for 10 a.m. Sept. 25 to set a date for his preliminary hearing.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

What’s next

John Cone will return to court at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 for a sounding docket to set a date for his preliminary hearing. Cone, 18, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting and killing Skyler Brewer and injuring another man Thursday at 2009 W. Broadway.

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