Cushing Ex-Con Jailed on Stolen I-Phone Charge
Timothy Scott Murrell
(Stillwater, Okla.) -- An ex-convict from Cushing -- who has been out of prison for less than two years -- was charged Tuesday with concealing an I-phone on April 17 that had been stolen 10 months earlier.
Timothy Scott Murrell, 29, was arraigned Tuesday on his latest charge of knowingly concealing stolen property after a former felony conviction before Special District Judge Michael Stano, who set his bail at $2,500.
Murrell remained in custody Tuesday afternoon, a Payne County jail spokesman told KUSH.
Two weeks ago, Murrell was charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana within 2,000 feet of Rotary Park in Cushing, being a felon in possession of a 9 mm Hi Point firearm, operating a vehicle while his license was suspended, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all on April 17.
In that case, on which he earlier had posted $5,000 bail, Murrell was arrested at 6:14 a.m. on April 17, in the 1200 block of E. 9th Street by Cushing Police Officer Matthew Piatt.
The officer wrote in an affidavit that he was running stationary radar at the southwest corner of Wilson Avenue and 9th Street at 5:34 a.m. when he saw a blue 1992 Cadillac that Murrell -- who had an outstanding arrest warrant -- was known to drive.
As the officer approached the car and called in the car's license tag, the car turned into a private driveway in the 1200 block of E. 9th Street -- where the driver, Murrell, jumped from the driver's seat into the back seat, the affidavit alleged.
"Due to the driver's odd behavior, I approached the vehicle to check the welfare of the driver," and saw the ignition was still in the accessory mode and several lights were on in the dash-instrument area, although the car lights were off and the engine was not running, the officer wrote in his affidavit.
"I also saw the driver lying in the back floorboard with his legs uncovered with his head and arm covered and not moving.
"While looking through the windshield, I observed a black pistol with a black magazine in the pistol and a black pistol holster with one additional magazine attached to it. Next to the black pistol, I also observed a pair of black gloves under the driver's seat in plain view.
"The driver was ordered to show his hands several times, but refused to comply," the officer alleged in his affidavit.
"The rear passenger side window was broke and Murrell was then removed from the back seat and was placed on the ground.
"During the vehicle inventory, the 9 mm Hi Point firearm was removed and it was discovered that the serial number had been altered," the officer alleged in his affidavit.
Marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle, including a digital scale, three EZY dose pill pouches with a green leafy substance, one EZY dose pill pouch containing a white crystal substance, five small clear ziplock bags, nine one-inch clear ziplock bags, one small ziplock bag with a Harley Davidson symbol printed on the side that contained a white powdery substance and two ziplock bags containing a white powdery substance, the affidavit alleged.
Murrell has been ordered to appear in court May 7 when he can ask for a preliminary hearing on his felony charges.
Murrell was also arrested on April 17 on an outstanding warrant that had been issued four months earlier for his allegedly concealing a rifle on Nov. 27, 2011, that had been stolen from an off-site evidence room of the Cushing Police Department.
In that case, Murrell was also charged with possessing the rifle after a former felony conviction, court records show.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Murrell was released from prison in September 2010, after serving two years of a five-year sentence for knowingly concealing stolen property and possessing a firearm, both in Payne County in 2007.
Murrell had previously served about two years of a five-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine and a firearm while committing a felony, both in 2005 in Payne County.
Murrell had also previously served one year of a three-year sentence for drug possession in 2001 in Payne County, DOC records show.