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April 12, 2013

Trial date set for murder suspect

Shawnee —  

Former East Central University student and murder suspect Jerrod Murray waived his preliminary hearing Thursday morning and will stand trial in December — almost a year to the day after  he allegedly murdered another ECU student.

Murray, 18, is suspected of slaying Generro Sanchez, also 18, on a deserted back road near Asher on Dec. 6, 2012. A Pottawatomie County district judge set the trial for Dec. 5, 2013. Asher is Murray’s hometown.

Police affidavits allege Murray committed the murder to see how it would feel to take someone’s life, a Pottawatomie undersheriff wrote. Other students were targets as well, police allege.

Both Murray and Sanchez resided in Pesagi Hall dormitory and lived on the same floor.

Sanchez was found in a ditch and died from two gunshot wounds to the head, police said. Murray was arrested near the homicide scene. Sanchez was shot once while driving his pickup and once after he was dragged from the vehicle allegedly by Murray. Murray attempted to flee the scene in Sanchez’s truck but got it hopelessly stuck and was walking along the highway when police arrested him.

Sanchez agreed to give Murray a ride in exchange for $20.

The Oklahoman reported a search warrant affidavit filed Dec. 7 in Pontotoc County states Murray boasted to his roommate on the night of Sanchez’s killing that he had “reached or accomplished objective A.”

Josh Dean, an investigator for the district attorney’s office in Hughes, Pontotoc and Seminole counties, wrote in the search warrant affidavit that Murray’s statements about reaching “objective A” were troubling to law enforcement officials.

The statement “leads investigators to believe Murray has planned out other objectives to be ‘reached’ or ‘accomplished,’” Dean wrote. “Homicide suspects oftentimes make lists or documentation on preplanned crimes in order not to forget details.”

Shane Schroth, the defendant’s former roommate, told investigators Murray was wearing a black suit, yellow shirt, black trench coat, a black fedora and black dress shoes on the night of the killing.

Those who knew him say Murray always wore a black suit and sometimes carried a walking cane.

 

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