Not Self-Defense, Suspect Faces First Degree Murder Charges

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Tyler MuckA week ago today, a gruesome shooting in north Luther took the life of 22-year-old Tyler Muck.

Today, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s authorities released to The Luther Register a Probable Cause Affidavit that reveals more details about the murder following the arrest Friday night of the alleged shooter, William Haywood.

The report provides details about the incident revealing that Haywood likely immediately left the Luther area following the shooting and was in Oklahoma City before his eventual capture in Tahlequah. The reports also open additional questions that investigators say will be revealed in time as Haywood’s case goes into the court system.

Haywood is being held without bail.

Following are highlights of the affidavits on Haywood and Patience Vaughn’s arrest:


haywoodOn July 11, 2016, at approximately 0318 hours, a 911 call was placed to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO) Dispatch Center. The female reporting party stated her husband had just been shot …

when deputies arrived to the residence, they made contact with the female reporting party and a second male subject. Both subjects were detained and kept apart … Deputies entered the home and found Tyler Muck with an apparent gunshot wound. Medical Personnel pronounced Muck deceased on scene. The female and male subjects were transported to OCSO Investigation’s Division and were interviewed … Both subjects reported that William Haywood shot Muck in self-defense.

On July 14, 2016, investigators requested a second interview to be conducted with both subjects. During this interview, investigators learned that Muck never threatened Haywood with a firearm, eliminating that the shooting was in self-defense. It was reported that Haywood intervened during a confrontation between the female subject and Muck. Haywood struck Muck twice with a firearm in the head area. Haywood then shot Muck, striking him in the facial area.

On July 15, 2016, investigators learned that Haywood fled the area to Tahlequah in Cherokee County. Investigators requested for assistance from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to search a residence in that area. During that search officials located Haywood and he was placed under arrest.

A charge of first degree Murder in the First Degree will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing. Haywood currently has active warrants stemming from this case for Felony Possession of a Firearm and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Reliable sources say the “female reporting party” who stated her husband had just been shot was 22-year-old Samantha Hope Rooney. She faces second degree burglary charges from a November 22, 2015, incident at a Luther residence near the couple’s home. Muck had also been charged in that incident.

Meanwhile, following are highlights of the Affidavit of Probable Cause for Patience Denea Vaughn, who faces charges of “Harboring or Concealing Felons” and complaints of marijuana possession and distribution.


Patience Vaughn
Patience Vaughn

… Investigators spoke to a witness, who reported that on July 11, Patience Vaughn contacted her and requested that she pick up Haywood at a convenience store located as SE 15th and High in Oklahoma City.

The witness picked up Haywood and Vaughn at the Plaza Inn in Oklahoma City. Prior to Vaughn exiting the witnesses vehicle, she told the witness that Haywood had shot someone and to be quiet about it.

The witness reported that she heard from a mutual friend that Vaughn’s stepmother picked up Vaughn and Haywood from the Plaza Inn. Investigators discovered that Vaughn’s stepmother lives in Tahlequah, at 26265 Highway 62. Investigators requested for assistance from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to search the residence of the stepmother. During that search officials located Haywood and Vaughn. Both were placed under arrest for their outstanding warrants.

A charge of Harboring will be submitted oath District Attorney’s Office … Vaughn currently has an active warrant out of Oklahoma County.

Vaughn is held on $2,000 bond. A sheriff’s spokesman said others involved in the case could face charges.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office sent a news release on Monday with details of the arrests with this comment from the sheriff.

“I would like to commend our investigators for their hard work and dedication in getting the suspect into custody,” said John Whetsel, Oklahoma County Sheriff. “We would also like to thank the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for making the arrest based on our investigator’s information.”

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