One person has been dropped from Ardmore Police Department’s persons of interest list in connection with Monday’s shooting death of 59-year-old Ella Loftis.
But while Juaren McGee Sr. has been eliminated from the lineup of people to whom investigators want to talk, O’shay Shadon Brown’s name has been added to the list that also includes Ricky McGee Jr., Rodney Cohee and Norman “Dimitri” Washington.
Capt. Kevin Norris, APD Criminal Investigations Division, said Juaren McGee Sr. voluntarily submitted to interviews with investigators.
“He has been eliminated as a person of interest and he was released following interviews,” Norris said Tuesday.
Although the list of persons of interest continues to highlight four men, Norris said the quartet are not the only ones to whom police want to talk in the case that links Loftis’ murder to the gunshot slaying of 31-year-old Volonta Anderson early Sunday. Anderson was shot about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of All-Starz Sports Bar, located in the 1100 block of South Commerce Street. He died in an Oklahoma City hospital just hours later.
“We know there were people — a number of people — in that parking lot when the shooting happened. People saw what went down. Those people need to contact us, come in and tell us what they saw,” Norris said.
Evidence at both homicide scenes have led investigators to label the killings “gang related.”
Just six weeks ago, Washington testified in the robbery/stabbing trial of his brother, Deangelo, in Carter County District Court admitting he was a member of a gang, but denying he had told Sgt. Bobby Moore, APD Criminal Investigations, and District Attorney Craig Ladd just minutes before he took the stand that he claimed he was a member of the Crips.
Citizens are urged to use caution if they come into contact with any of the four men labeled as persons of interest.
APD Chief Ken Grace said Tuesday the department will continue to heighten patrol and police presence until the four either turn themselves in or are apprehended.