Three Men Arrested and Face Charges Related to the Oct. 9 death of a Tulsa Man

TULSA, Okla. — Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson announced that three men will face federal charges related to the alleged homicide of a Tulsa man whose body was discovered in his front yard on Oct. 9.

Stephen John Rose, 56, and Vernon Leon Weaver, 49, were charged with murder in the first degree Thursday in Indian Country. Rose and Weaver, along with Christopher James Squirrel, 28, were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

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The three men were arrested Tuesday night by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

The affidavit filed with the complaint stated that Rose, Weaver and Squirrel conspired to rob the victim and collect money owed to Rose either on or near Oct. 9. During the robbery, Rose and Weaver allegedly stabbed the victim, leading to his death.

It also stated that Rose and Weaver stabbed the victim with either one or multiple knives.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting the discovery of a man lying in the front yard of a home located at 1525 E. 56th St. North in Tulsa on the afternoon of Oct. 9.

Deputies arrived and saw the victim’s body and visible signs of injury to the his head and stab wounds to the his face, hands, arms, neck, back, chest and head. Law enforcement learned that at least one neighbor saw money on the ground near the victim’s body.

The three men were charged with a Criminal Compliant, and this case will proceed in the U.S. District Court in Tulsa.

A Compliant is a temporary charge that alleges a violation of the law. For the case to proceed to trial, the U.S. must present this charge to a federal grand jury within 30 days. If a grand jury returns an Indictment, then the men will face a trial.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cymetra M. Williams is prosecuting the case.