A first-degree murder charge has been dismissed against Evan Knox in connection with the slaying of an Ardmore High School peer.
District Attorney Craig Ladd late Wednesday said he dropped the charge against the 16 year old based on “newly discovered evidence” in the fatal shooting of Carmell Stoliby.
Ladd said the new information indicates “reasonable doubt exists in regards to whether Knox knew of his co-defendant’s intentions to shoot the victim prior to his codefendant firing the fatal shot. Consequently continuing to proceed against Knox for first-degree murder would not be appropriate.”
That doesn’t mean Knox is free and clear.
“Evidence does exist that Knox was an accessory after the fact of the murder,” Ladd said.
However, the difference between first-degree murder and accessory after the fact is vast.
“Oklahoma law provides the prosecution of a 16 year old for accessory be handled through the juvenile courts, which are confidential,” Ladd said. “Therefore I cannot comment further as to any such action against Knox.”
Meanwhile Knox’s co-defendant, Tyrik Cohee, remains charged with Stoliby’s murder and continues to be held at the LeFlore County Juvenile Detention Center in lieu of a $1 million bond.
A motion hearing is set for March 9 in Carter County District Court.
Court records indicate a bond-reduction hearing for Knox occurred Wednesday in Carter County District Court. The result of that hearing was not immediately available.