Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

October 2, 2012

Charges filed in double-murder case

TAHLEQUAH — Murder charges have been filed against a Muskogee couple accused of brutally killing a Tahlequah man and woman in August.

Jessie Renee Leppke-Redford, 46, allegedly admitted to killing her sister, Angela Findlay, and said her husband, Tracy Lee Redford, 43, was responsible for killing Jesse Catron.

The Redfords are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder with malice aforethought, and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors believe the Redfords killed Catron and Findlay sometime between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15.

Court documents filed against the Redfords allege they inflicted mortal wounds to Findlay and Catron by “bludgeoning, battering, [and] stabbing” them.

District Attorney Brian Kuester said prosecutors have filed an alternative charge – murder in the first degree-felony murder – for the death of Findlay to give a jury the opportunity to decide whether Findlay’s death was premeditated or if she died while being robbed.

The bodies of Findlay and Catron were discovered by police at a home on Louellen Street late on Aug. 15.

Jessie Leppke-Redford’s alleged confessions occurred when she was being transported to a hospital on Aug. 18 by Cherokee County Detention Center Officers Joshua Conner and Steven Smith, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Roger Fine Jr. The Redfords were arrested Aug. 16 for another assault and were being considered “persons of interest” in the double murder.

The Redfords allegedly took a debit card and a state-issued Access card belonging to Findlay. The Access card was used twice on Aug. 14, and Findlay’s bank card had an attempted cash withdrawal and attempted cash advance on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

Authorities also allege Jessie Leppke-Redford used her sister’s cell phone to make calls on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

A witness claimed the Redfords had been staying at Findlay’s home since Aug. 10, and the two were seen there on Aug. 10 and Aug. 13.

Each murder charge is punishable by death, life in prison, or life in prison without parole; and robbery with a dangerous weapon is punishable by five years to life in prison.

Last month, the Redfords were each charged with 11 counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon for an alleged attack against Muskogee resident Ernest “Lee” Norfleet.

Norfleet said Jessie Leppke-Redford, an acquaintance, called him late on Aug. 14 and asked for help because she’d had a fight with her sister.

When Norfleet arrived in Tahlequah early on Aug. 15, he was reportedly asked to meet Jessie Leppke-Redford at the Cherokee Inn. At some point, Jessie Leppke-Redford went into the motel room’s bathroom and later exited with Tracy Redford. Both allegedly had knives and began to stab Norfleet repeatedly.

The assault continued in the motel’s parking lot until Norfleet was able to get inside his vehicle and drive himself to a local hospital.

Fine’s affidavit indicates Jessie Leppke-Redford admitted to Tahlequah Police Lt. Billy Dowling and Sgt. Steve Smith that a cut to her arm occurred when she was stabbed by her sister on Aug. 13.

Tracy and Jessie Leppke-Redford are both being held in jail without bond.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered everyday to your home or office. Code for E-EDITION TRIAL OR SUBSCRIBE Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition.

It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014

  • CN, UKB battle over trust land application

    Two Tahlequah-based tribes presented oral arguments Friday in a protracted fight over a land-in-trust application.

    Over the course of five hours, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Department of the Interior made their cases before Northern District Judge Gregory Frizzell in a hearing that was originally scheduled for February.

     

    July 25, 2014

  • ts-NSU-Main-1-a.jpg No NSU pool, for now

    NSU experiencing delays in fitness center construction

    Earlier this month, Northeastern State University announced it is experiencing delays in the renovation of its fitness center and pool.
    The facility was officially shuttered Sept. 17, 2012, and at the time, the projected completion date for renovation was this fall.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • jn-Suspect-1.jpg Officials: Images of suspects may help nab church burglars

    Cherokee County investigators hope surveillance footage captured around the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Woodall helps lead to the suspects accused of breaking into the complex and setting fire to one building this week.
    According to Undersheriff Jason Chennault, cameras captured footage of two suspects on bicycles early Tuesday morning, July 22.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw-movie-night.jpg Local library hosts family movie night

    Nova Foreman and her two daughters were about to leave the Tahlequah Public Library Thursday, when they saw the Family Movie Night flyer.
    The three decided to stay and enjoy a movie they had not yet seen at the free, theater-like event.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Keys.jpg Grant to fund stepped-up Keys PE program

    Kair Ridenhour’s new office is filled with pedometers.
    Ridenhour officially started his new position as assistant elementary principal at Keys Public Schools on July 1.
    But his other role at the school – that of physical education project coordinator – prompted the influx of pedometers.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Stocks