A couple allegedly beat an Oklahoma woman with a crowbar and then had sex in the victim’s bed as she lay dying in another room, police said.
On Jan. 4 shortly after 5 p.m., Tulsa police were called for a wellbeing check on Sarah Maguire at her home. Officers found the 29-year-old woman dead in her living room with “obvious signs of trauma to her head and face,” states an affidavit obtained by KNWA-TV.
Family told investigators the victim’s vehicle and credit cards were missing, and the following day, authorities located the stolen vehicle at a Whataburger in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with Nicholas Johnson, 28, and Brinlee Denison, 25, sleeping inside.
Officers took the pair into custody, and Johnson and Denison allegedly confessed they beat Maguire in the head with a crowbar before fleeing with the victim’s vehicle, electronics and credit cards, the affidavit states.
Johnson allegedly claimed he was jealous of Maguire’s relationship with Denison, with whom he was also in an “intimate relationship.”
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He allegedly told investigators that after beating Maguire, he and Denison “had sex in the victim’s bed” and “he could still hear the victim in the living room struggling to live, while he was having sex with Denison in the bedroom,” the affidavit states.
After the two fled the scene, police wrote in the affidavit, they threw the clothes they had been wearing out the stolen vehicle’s windows.
Johnson claimed Denison allegedly helped him plan Maguire’s murder and she transferred money from Maguire’s accounts to their own, police said in the affidavit.
Johnson and Denison were each being held at the Washington County jail in Arkansas on a $1 million bond on charges of first-degree murder and vehicle theft. They were expected to be extradited from Arkansas to Oklahoma.
In a Facebook post, the victim’s sister, Jamie Maguire, called the murder “a senseless act of violence” that was a “devastating blow” to her and her family.
“Rest assured justice is being served and we owe our greatest debt of gratitude to the Tulsa Police Departement,” she wrote.
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