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Murder victim’s wife arrested after her friend phoned 911 and ‘laughed' about him getting shot, police say

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Source: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Feb. 18 2022, Published 5:01 p.m. ET

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A woman in Oklahoma was accused of murdering her husband after her friend called emergency responders for help and laughed about the alleged crime, police said.

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On Feb. 12 in the early morning, Katherine Henderson, 35, phoned 911 to report a shooting. Responding deputies found Rayburn Phillips, 46, lying dead on the floor of a Lexington home with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

During the 911 call, Henderson “laughed while speaking about the victim being shot,” KFOR-TV reported, citing court documents.

The documents allege Henderson called Rayburn Phillips a wife beater and “when asked by dispatch who shot the victim, the caller stated ‘his f****** wife, and you know what? I don’t blame her.’”

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Henderson and the man’s wife, April Phillips, 48, were “extremely intoxicated” when deputies arrived at the scene, the court documents state.

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Both women were taken into custody, but Henderson was later released after authorities determined her involvement in the crime was minimal.

Authorities charged April Phillips with first-degree murder. She was being held in the F. Dewayne Beggs Detention Center on $1 million bond.

“It’s just a terrible thing that happened and I don’t know why,” the Phillips' neighbor, James Williams, told KFOR-TV. “I’m just surprised. Usually out here it’s pretty quiet.”

According to Phillips, the victim would visit "every now and then just to sit over and have a drink or something like that.”

domestic incident
Source: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA
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