New Information Released on Homicide in Coffee County

Photo provided by Ken Childers with the Okemah, OK News Leader. Pictured L-R: Assistant Police Chief Doug Danker, Chief Ed Smith and Officer Ray Barrett.

Sometime Monday afternoon a homicide took place in the Lakewood Park area of Coffee County. Coffee County Sheriff’s Department personnel responded to Birch Lane for a welfare check and that’s when they located the victim, 68 year-old Johnny Tesar.
Investigators worked the scene until the early morning hours on Tuesday.
Tyler Carter photo from Facebook

A be on the lookout call was made to other law enforcement agencies for Tesar’s 2003 Chevy Trailblazer with at least a female occupant. Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator James Sherrill told On Target News that suspects Tyler Carter age 20 and Sasha Payton age 33, both from Coffee County along with an unnamed third person were detained after the vehicle was spotted by authorities in Okemah, OK at a Days Inn. It is believed the third person may not have been involved in the crimes in Coffee County. Officers in Okemah returned Tuesday afternoon and executed a search warrant on the room in which the suspects had been staying. No other information was released from authorities in Oklahoma.
Sasha Payton photo from Facebook
Investigator Sherrill says the two suspects will be extradited back to Coffee County with a theft of property charge each. Carter and Payton will be questioned about the homicide; facing possible charges.
On Target News will continue to update you on this story.

*Photo of Lakewood sign taken by staff photographer Barry West

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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