Escapee from Muskogee Co. Jail found

Posted at 4:11 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 17:11:02-05

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – After leading authorities on a manhunt that lasted a little over two days, an escaped accused murderer is back in custody.

Paul Newberry was located near Austin, Texas, in Williamson Co., Tuesday after escaping from the Muskogee County Jail Sunday evening.

Monday a semi-truck was stolen from a motel in Muskogee. Investigators say they were made aware that Newberry could operate a semi, so they monitored the truck’s movement.

It was discovered that Newberry was driving a semi that was stolen from a Muskogee hotel overnight. It was equipped with a GPS tracker that showed investigators exactly where to find it.

"Technology really helped us out in this one. With the GPD tracker on that truck,” said Sheriff Charles Pearson, Muskogee Co. Sheriff’s Office.

A truck driver checked into the Fairfield in Muskogee Monday night. When he woke up Tuesday morning it was gone. The truck was registered to a company in Longview, Texas. It tracked the truck to Williamson County.

After two nights on the run, Paul Newberry now sits in a Texas jail awaiting extraction to the jail he escaped from in Muskogee Sunday night.

Newberry is charged with first degree murder in brutal death of well-known Cherokee County rancher, Charley Kirk.

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The 88-year-old was battling pancreatic cancer when Newberry and Cheyenne Watts reportedly broke in to his home near Keys. Kirk was shot multiple times when he interrupted the burglary.

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