Police have axed another local man from the list of persons of interest in connection with the gunshot slaying of an Ardmore grandmother early Monday.
Capt. Kevin Norris, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said Rodney Cohee had voluntarily “come in” to the department and had talked with detectives.
“He (Cohee) was interviewed, and he has been removed from the list of persons of interest,” Norris said, confirming the list still contains the names of three men — Ricky McGee Jr., Dimitri Washington and O’shay Brown.
Police continue to search for the trio in connection with the murder of 59-year-old Ella Loftis. The grandmother was shot to death on the front porch of her home, located in the 900 block of A Street NE.
The Ardmore woman’s body was discovered shortly before 7 a.m. by a passing motorist. Police dispatchers received reports of shots fired in the vicinity of Loftis’ home earlier in the morning. Officers responded, but did not find anything suspicious at the time. It is believed the woman died about 24 hours after Volonta Anderson was shot in the South Commerce Street parking lot of All-Starz Sports early Sunday shortly after closing time. The 31-year-old man died within hours of the shooting in an Oklahoma City hospital.
Investigators believe the two murders are linked and are gang related.
Tuesday, Norris said investigators knew there were witnesses who had potential valuable information about the parking lot shooting who had not yet come forward.
“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.
Anyone with information concerning either shooting or the whereabouts of McGee, Washington or Brown are urged to call police headquarters a (580) 223-1212.