3 teens arrested in Arlington man's slaying in Oklahoma

Posted Monday, Mar. 25, 2013  Print Reprints

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Three 17-year-old Tulsa teens were arrested Monday, accused of killing an Arlington man who was delivering pizza supplies to a Papa John's restaurant early Saturday, Tulsa police reported.

"This looks like an attempted robbery that went awry," homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said of the slaying of Robert Horton, 53.

Horton was shot about 6 a.m. Saturday outside the restaurant in the 2800 block of East 11th Street near Tulsa University, police said.

Horton's partner was inside the restaurant when he heard a loud noise. He came outside and found Horton on the ground, mortally wounded, police said.

The suspects are "three of our local riffraff up to no good," Walker said.

All three have juvenile records and are "suspects in other robberies," he said.

A surveillance video from the business showed images of a dark sport utility vehicle that was later identified as a 2002 Saturn Vue.

Patrol officers stopped a similar SUV at 1:17 a.m. Monday and arrested two of the teens.

Jermaine Savory and Frankie Jackson admitted to "various levels of involvement in the botched robbery/homicide of Robert Horton," police said in a news release.

They also implicated a third teen, police said. Damian Anderson was arrested "on his way to school," according to a probable cause statement.

A 15-year-old boy who was driving the SUV on Monday, and who is not a suspect in Horton's killing, was released, Tulsa police said.

The three teens face first-degree murder charges, police said.

Attempts to reach Horton's family Monday were unsuccessful. Broadcast news reports stated that he was an Army veteran who had been married for 30 years and had two adult children.

"There really is no reason for Mr. Horton to be dead," Walker said. "These guys chose to take something without working for it. They took a life instead, and now they'll have to pay for it."

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

2800 block of East 11th Street, Tulsa, Okla.
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