Oklahoma murder suspect captured in Jarrell after escape

Paul Dean Newberry (Williamson County)
Paul Dean Newberry (Williamson County)

JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) — A jail escapee facing murder charges from Muskogee County, Oklahoma was captured by law enforcement in Jarrell Tuesday morning.

At 9:00 a.m., the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office. The Oklahoma office asked that Williamson County check up on a homicide suspect, Paul Dean Newberry, 24, who had escaped from their jail facility, just southeast of Tulsa, and stole a tractor trailer, deputies say.

The truck’s GPS system led authorities to the Flying J Travel Center in Jarrell. After brief surveillance of the Flying J, deputies were able to capture Newberry without incident.

He escaped the Oklahoma facility on Sunday with another inmate, Raymond Noriega, by breaking through four layers of security glass in a window on the second floor, according to NBC affiliate KJRH. Noriega shattered both of his heels when he jumped to the ground. He is seen on security video limping away from the jail and was caught shortly after.

Newberry and another man are accused of gunning down an 88-year-old man during a break-in at the rancher’s Oklahoma home in July. He is being held without bond in the Williamson County Jail on an arrest warrant from Muskogee County.

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