Teens accused in murder have criminal past


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Updated: 3/26/2013 9:18 am Published: 3/25/2013 8:42 pm


The three teens in jail facing first degree murder charges all have a criminal  history.

Tulsa homicide detectives arrested Jermaine Savory, Damian  Anderson and Frankie Jackson on Monday.

All three teens are 17 and face  murder charges in the death of Papa John’s semi-truck driver Robert Horton, 53, during a reported robbery Saturday morning. 

“Everyday he said he was proud of our kids. He was just real proud of the kids. They’ve grown  up and are self-sufficient and healthy grandkids. He loved them all,” said  Horton’s wife Lisa.

The arrest report states Savory told detectives they were driving around Saturday around 6:00 am looking for someone to rob. When they saw Horton unloading products from a Papa John’s semi-truck they parked in the lot south of the restaurant.

While the Army veteran was unloading  Papa John’s pizza products detectives say Horton of Arlington, Texas was shot and killed. Detectives say the killers didn’t take anything. 

“I  don’t know how anyone could just kill someone in cold blood,” says Lisa Horton.

Police believe it was an attempted robbery and don’t know what happened  before the trigger was pulled. 

“They are treated as adults. You kill someone; you better guarantee it they will be treated as adults,” Walker.

With some quick detective and patrol work, police arrested the three  teens Monday around 1:30 am.

“Some kids with guns in a robbery situation and anytime you have that with a real gun you are just a trigger squeeze away from killing someone,” said Walker.

While studying surveillance video, police say they saw bullet holes on the SUV leaving the scene. They matched  reports from a few weeks ago about a dark SUV being shot in East Tulsa.  Investigators believe that same SUV, registered to a parent of one of the  suspect’s, also reported in recent robberies.

“These kids were out wreaking havoc and what they were out doing this morning 1:30 2:00 in the morning means there were other victims waiting to have it happen,” said Walker.

Arrest reports show Savory and Anderson point the finger at each other on who stayed in the car and who had the pistol.

Records show Savory and Jackson had warrants for minor crimes. Jackson had one for curfew and TPD Organized Gang Unit Sergeant Sean Larkin confirms Jackson is a certified street  gang member. 

“They are where they should be,” said Larkin.

Tulsa Public School says Jermaine Savory hasn’t reported since leaving Whitney Middle School in 2011, but his arrest report says he went to Union High  School.

TPS reports Damian Anderson was enrolled at the office of  Juvenile Affairs program Phoenix Rising and Frankie Jackson dropped out of TPS Alternative school Street School on March 14th.

Now, a husband of 30 years, a father of two and grandfather of six is gone.

“Robert was really good hearted, Robert had a heart of gold and he loved his family and he was very loyal to his family,” said Lisa Horton.

Police are also investigating a fourth person. Police confirm they questioned and released the 15-year-old who was driving the car when it was stopped Monday morning. The three suspects arrested in the murder do not have a driver's license.

FOX23 News contacted the parents or guardians of the suspects, Savory and Jackson’s parents did not want to talk and Anderson’s parent did not return our call.

The teens have not been charged but police say if they are, they will be charged with murder as adults.

FOX23 News will request the teens juvenile records. Under state law, the courts cannot release the  records to the public until juveniles are officially charged.

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AmericanInfdl - 3/26/2013 5:29 PM
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So the teenage perps have a criminal history. I'm shocked to know that, aren't you? [/sarcasm]

AmericanInfdl - 3/26/2013 5:28 PM
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So the three teenage perps have criminal pasts? Gosh, I'm shocked to hear that, aren't you? [/sarcasm]

agannan - 3/26/2013 9:58 AM
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I am glad that they were able to find the teens responsible for this. I really hope they get the maximum sentence and are not released early, if at all. Just a tragic story. My dad is a truck driver and I just couldn't imagine what Mr. Horton's family is going through right now. He was simply doing his job to support his family and he dies a senseless death. My thoughts are with his family and let us hope they get some sort of justice.

Mayor Maynot - 3/26/2013 6:29 AM
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Wow Bridey I checked that out after you mentioned it :-(( lots of action in that arena. Thanks for alerting us to that fun game.

BrideyMurphy - 3/25/2013 10:57 PM
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@merican, this is happening all over the country and the media ignores it, they are all searching for some reason the gang of 7 black young men executed that little girl who was only 12, they just can't seem to figure out why in the world it happened, this is the case with dozens of cases where it was a game called Knockout, police departments don't seem to know about the game at all, always at least 5 to 10 black youths and one helpless, often mentally physically disabled white person, they simply kick, stomp and hit the person until they either completely beat them almost to death or kill them in a lot of cases ....makes you sick doesn't it?

Merican - 3/25/2013 9:35 PM
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Why has this not been labeled a hate crime? If the victim had been black and the suspects white you can bet it would be.

Mayor Maynot - 3/25/2013 9:03 PM
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It don't matter. These guys were all out looking for someone to do. They found someone. Now the rest of their sorry lives they'll be paying for this bad decision. Be more cost effective to take them scuba diving without air in their tank.
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