Deputies investigate Mayes County double homicide

MAYES COUNTY, Okla. - Sheriff's deputies have a suspect in custody after two people were killed in a shooting early Thursday morning in Mayes County.

Mayes County officials say Jason Norman Miller, 35, called the Locust Grove Police Department around 5 a.m. to tell them he had just shot and killed two people near Locust Grove.

The shooting occurred at Miller's house off Scenic Highway 412 between County Roads 444 and 445.

 "It shocked us all really. Especially when it's across the pasture from you," said neighbor Cheyenne Nichols.

Deputies arrested Miller in connection with the double homicide. He is being charged with two counts of first degree murder.

The victims were identified as 42-year-old William Lonnie Brizendine, of Rose, Okla., and 48-year-old Ronald Leroy O'Rear, of Locust Grove.

Deputies say the three men were friends. They were sitting around the kitchen table together earlier in the night. Now, investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong.

Miller told deputies he fired three shots with his AR-15 assault rifle.
Two shots struck O'Rear in the chest. The last shot hit Brizendine in the torso. 

Deputies tell 2News Miller told investigators "he would've fired more if he had more bullets."

After he was shot, deputies say Brizendine tried to run outside. But Miller hit him with his rifle, then stabbed him in the neck three times with Brizendine's own knife.

Deputies say all three men have a criminal history.

Mayes County Sheriff Frank Cantey says the house was a known drug house, and they are still investigating the motive. 

"I'd say it's one of the worst homicide scenes I've seen," Sheriff Cantey said.

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