Arnold Dean Howell Faces Federal Charges for Murder

Arnold Dean Howell Faces Federal Charges for Murder

Defendant, Arnold Dean Howell Faces Federal Charges for the 2015 Murder of Sapulpa Man

(STL.News) A man convicted in Creek County for a murder that occurred during a 2015 robbery was charged in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.  The defendant’s state conviction was dismissed today by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for lack of jurisdiction.

Arnold Dean Howell Jr., 27, was charged by criminal complaint with murder in the first degree in Indian Country.

Because Howell is an enrolled tribal member and the crime occurred within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation, the state conviction was vacated and ordered dismissed.

According to federal court documents, Howell and his sister Katherine Freeman, conspired to rob the victim at his home in Sapulpa.  Investigators allege that during the robbery, Freeman held the victim at gunpoint with one of the victim’s rifles then Howell directed her to get a knife from the kitchen.  He is alleged to have repeatedly stabbed the victim.  When the knife broke, another was retrieved, and Howell continued his attack causing the victim’s death.  Howell and Freemen stole, among other things, the victim’s vehicle, wallet, watch, two rifles, and laptop.

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