Tahlequah Daily Press

January 30, 2013

Local man arrested for manslaughter

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man was jailed for manslaughter Tuesday, more than a month after police found another man unresponsive in a city alley.

Kevin Lowe, 22, is being held in connection with the December death of Randy C. Crowe, according to Tahlequah Police Detective Jeff Haney.

Police found 23-year-old Crowe after someone called 911 at about 1:40 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2012. The caller reportedly told dispatchers the person was on the ground on College Court, an alley running parallel to Muskogee and College avenues, between Ross and South streets.

Crowe, who had suffered a head injury and was bleeding, was eventually flown to a Tulsa hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Haney said an initial report from the state medical examiner lists Crowe’s manner of death as blunt-force trauma. A full report from the state ME is pending.

Police began asking the public for any information about what might have happened to Crowe in December. Haney said police received perhaps hundreds of tips, but most were dead-ends.

After filtering through the tips, police began to track information pointing to Lowe and a possible witness. Lowe became a person of interest in Crowe’s death about three weeks ago, Haney confirmed.

Haney said a fight began between Crowe and Lowe inside a vehicle last month, and the argument later spilled out into the alley on College Court. Lowe allegedly told detectives he was trying to defend himself when he struck Crowe, causing the victim to fall to the ground.

Haney said it turned out Lowe was the caller who told police Crowe’s body was in an alley, but Lowe and the witness left the scene before police arrived.

No bond had been set on Lowe’s arrest as of Tuesday evening.

Haney said Tahlequah detectives and patrol officers assisted in the investigation of Crowe’s death, along with members of the District 27 Drug Task Force.