Tahlequah Daily Press

January 13, 2014

Suspect thought he killed his friend

Evan Fishinghawk is in jail for aggravated assault

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police jailed a Park Hill man Thursday night when he allegedly beat another man and told officers he feared he had “killed [his] friend.”

Evan Fishinghawk, 25, was being held on a $20,000 bond at the Cherokee County Detention Center Friday for aggravated assault and battery.

Tahlequah officer Cory Keele and Larry Lane were dispatched to Cherokee Hills Apartments on Monroe after a man claimed he might have murdered another man.

Keele said Fishinghawk approached officers outside of the apartment building while crying and screaming that he had killed his friend. Fishinghawk allegedly told officers he and the victim, Curtis Leeks, were involved in a fight, “and I kicked him to death.”

Fishinghawk was detained and officers found Leeks lying on a floor inside an apartment. Fishinghawk was unresponsive, his face was covered in blood, and he had visible bruising around his eyes, according to Keele.

Medics arrived at the scene and were also unable to get Leeks to respond. Leeks was taken to a Tahlequah hospital and later transported to Tulsa to be treated for “extensive damage to his eye socket,” Keele said.

Police then spoke to Brittney Keys, who was at the apartment when the alleged assault occurred. Keys said Leeks and Fishinghawk were drinking, and that she and Leeks eventually began to argue. Keys told police “everything was fine” until Fishinghawk “just started punching Leeks.”

When Leeks fell to the floor, Fishinghawk allegedly continued kicking him, and also kicked Keys while he was kicking Leeks in the face.

Keys told police she tried to force Fishinghawk out of the apartment, but he would not leave, so she ran to a neighbor’s home and called police.

Fishinghawk told police he was acting in self-defense.

Cherokee County District Court records show Fishinghawk was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon in 2007, but that charge was later dismissed.

Fishinghawk served time in prison for Tulsa County charges of first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a controlled drug, according to the state’s department of corrections.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com