WAGONER, Okla. - The Wagoner Police Department is trying to serve a first-degree manslaughter warrant to a man accused of beating another man to death on December 11.
Some neighbors are shocked, while others aren't.
Either way, police are determined to find their suspect, 23-year-old Cody Sherman.
According to officers, on Monday, December 11 the suspect got into a fight with J. Cruz Mendoza at a North Jefferson Avenue home.
Police said Sherman told detectives Mendoza stole marijuana grinders and speakers.
Something the police said was never reported.
Sherman punched him in the head, Mendoza fell and hit his head on porch steps.
Police said Mendoza died after eight days in a coma-like state.
A neighbor said he saw someone fitting Mendoza's descriptions earlier that day at the home, and can't shake the thought.
“And I’m thinking I’ve got this going on across my street right on the corner over there and it’s kind of spooky. I bought a gun," he said.
Police believe the men knew each other and were once close friends, but hadn't communicated in a while.
Detectives said they've tried calling Sherman, and have an idea of where he could be, but haven't been able to find him after his initial interview.
The DA filed the warrant for his arrest on December 19.
Detectives said their message to Sherman is to turn himself in to the nearest local authorities as soon as possible.
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