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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Persons of interest now 2 in murders

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  • Only two men remain on Ardmore Police Department’s persons of interest list in connection with the gunshot slayings of a 31-year-old Ardmore man and a 59-year-old grandmother a week ago.
    Capt. Kevin Norris, APD Criminal Investigation Division, said Saturday Dimitri Washington had voluntarily submitted to interviews with detectives and was no longer listed as a person of interest in either the June 29 murder of Volonta Anderson or the killing of Ella Loftis a day later. While Washington is the third man to be eliminated from the list, Norris confirmed Ricky McGee Jr. and O’shay Brown remain the top persons-of-interest contenders.
    Within hours of the two weekend murders, investigators had linked the slayings and labeled them as gang related. Brown was shot in the parking lot of a South Commerce Street bar shortly after closing time early Sunday. He died in an Oklahoma City hospital just hours later. Loftis was discovered shot to death on the front porch of her A Street NE home early Monday. The discovery of the grandmother’s body came within hours of reports of shots fired being heard in the neighborhood where Loftis resided.
    Detectives continue to sift through evidence and information that has come in concerning the motive(s) behind the slayings and the identities of those who played roles in one or both of the shootings. But Norris said detectives also know there are a number of witnesses who have information who have not yet come forward.
    “We know there are people who either were eyewitnesses or have first-hand information concerning one or both of these murders. Those people need to do the right thing — step forward and contact us,” Norris said Saturday.
    Those with information about the murders or the whereabouts of either McGee or Brown should contact detectives at police headquarters by calling (580) 223-1212.
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