Tahlequah Daily Press

August 16, 2013

Surviving victim of murderers files lawsuit

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

A man and woman serving multiple life sentences for a brutal double murder in Tahlequah are being sued by a man they allegedly lured into a motel and stabbed multiple times.

Earnest Lee Norfleet Jr. filed a petition in Cherokee County District Court this week asking for damages of more than $75,000 against Jessie Renee Leppke-Redford and her husband, Tracy Lee Redford.

The Redfords both pleaded guilty earlier this year to bludgeoning to death Leppke-Redford’s sister, Angela Findlay, and Findlay’s uncle, Jesse Catron. The victims were found dead in a Tahlequah home one year ago.

Investigators believe the Redfords left the scene of the double murder and later lured Norfleet, a Muskogee acquaintance, into a Tahlequah motel room in an attempt to rob him of his vehicle so they could flee the area. Norfleet told police he entered the motel room and was attacked by the two, who wielded knives and stabbed him nearly a dozen times.

Norfleet was eventually able to get back into his vehicle and drive himself to a hospital. The Redfords fled the motel room and were not located until after the murder victims’ bodies had been discovered the next day.

In his petition against the Redfords, Norfleet says he suffered severe, life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack against him. The 11 stab wounds he sustained have required extensive and expensive medical treatment, he said.

Norfleet will also face additional treatments in the future, and is now permanently disabled as a result of the injuries, his petition says.