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December 15, 2011

Tahlequah man slain; wife jailed

Victim found stabbed after neighbor reports screams

— By Dylan Goforth

Phoenix Staff Writer

An apparent domestic dispute has left a man dead and his wife in jail, Tahlequah police said.

Police found George Whitehorn, 47, stabbed at least once Tuesday night in a house in the 1300 block of Nola Street. A police public information officer, Brad Robertson, said Whitehorn’s wife, Cynthia Whitehorn, greeted police from the porch of the house.

“He was laying on the floor inside bleeding,” Robertson said. “Our initial investigation showed it was a domestic incident, and it was determined that they were the only two in the house at the time.”

George Whitehorn was taken to Tahlequah City Hospital, where he died.

Cynthia Whitehorn was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on a homicide complaint. She is being held on $150,000 bond.

District court records show that Cynthia Whitehorn filed protective orders against George Whitehorn in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Robertson said police responded to the unknown trouble call about 9:41 p.m.

The call came from a neighbor who reported hearing screaming from the home, he said.

“Right now we’re getting our report ready for the District Attorney’s Office,” Robertson said. “All we really know at this point is that he was stabbed and later died, and that those two were the only ones in the house when it happened.”

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