A charge was filed Thursday against a man accused of being an accessory to murder by burning a pickup and hiding a gun.
Craig Vaughn Becker, 31, Durant, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact for the murder of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, who was found injured along Old Highway 70 at the Blue River Bridge, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Mark Anthony Neal, 22, Durant, was arrested Monday and charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.
According to affidavits by OSBI Agent Reanae Childers, Owens was found Sunday evening with a gunshot wound to the head and he died a short time later.
On Monday, Childers and Bryan County Sheriff’s Investigator John Haislip questioned Neal, who admitted to being present when Owens was shot, but he denied shooting him. Shannon Posey on Tuesday told Investigator Haislip that Neal, her son, admitted to her that he shot Owens, according to the affidavit, and two people told investigators they overheard Neal say that he shot Owens.
Early Monday morning, a pickup that had been driven by Owens was discovered burning east of the Blue River Bridge where Owens had been shot, according to authorities.
Childers questioned Becker, who said Neal called him early Monday morning and asked him to retrieve and dispose of a rifle and also burn a pickup, the affidavit states.
Becker admitted to burning the pickup and burning the rifle in his yard, according to the affidavit, and he said he burned his leg while setting the pickup on fire. Becker had his initial court appearance Thursday and he remains in the Bryan County Jail.
A motive for the murder remains under investigation.