Haywood caught in Tahlequah

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While Tyler Muck’s family celebrated his short life during a memorial service at Luther High School Auditorium Saturday morning, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department released more information about the capture of Muck’s alleged killer.

William Haywood

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande said that William Haywood, 26, was arrested Friday, July 15, by Cherokee County deputies.

Another person, Patience Vaughn, 26, was also arrested at the home and faces charges of harboring a fugitive and various drug-related complaints. Vaughn lists her home in Midwest City but Opgrande said she also lives in Tahlequah in northeastern Oklahoma.

“We received information she was hiding him at a home in Tahlequah, Friday afternoon and we had Cherokee county sheriff’s deputies arrest both of them at the home,” said Opgrande.

Patience Vaughn
Patience Vaughn

The pair was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Friday night.

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Haywood faces a first degree murder charge in the death of Muck who was shot early Monday morning, July 11, at Muck’s home in north Luther.

During the service for Muck, Rev. Paul Calkin spoke comforting words of scripture and encouragement to many family and friends gathered. Rev. Calkin said while it is easy to get caught up in the circumstances that led to Tyler Muck’s death, we should not lose sight of the significance of his life.

Opgrande said more information will be released on Monday as investigators complete a probable cause affidavit.

Meanwhile, a Special Needs Fund has been established at the Luther First Bank & Trust to receive donations to help the family.


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