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An Oklahoma couple allegedly had sex while their victim, who they beat with a crowbar, lay dying just feet away.
Officers in Tulsa found the badly beaten body of 29-year-old Sarah Maguire while executing a welfare check at her home on Tuesday, the Tulsa Police Department stated in a press release.
“When officers arrived, they found Maguire dead from blunt force trauma inside her home,’ they stated. “Maguire's car and other personal items were missing.”
Investigators managed to track Maguire's vehicle — a white Dodge Charger, according to Fox23 in Tulsa — to Fayetteville, Arkansas where Brinlee Denison, 25, and Nicholas Johnson, 28, were found sleeping inside it at a Whataburger, the Daily Beast reported. The pair had allegedly used one of Maguire’s stolen credit cards at the Whataburger.
They were arrested on the spot.
Detectives are recommending that both be charged with first-degree murder, according to the Tulsa Police. They noted that both will be extradited back to Tulsa “in the near future” where charges against them will officially be filed.
Johnson and Denison have both allegedly confessed to beating Maguire to death with a crowbar before stealing her car and credit cards, Fox23 reports. Those cards were allegedly used to fund their getaway.
The motive behind the slaying appears to be Johnson's jealousy.
Denison was allegedly “in a relationship with the victim,” but she is also in a romantic relationship with Johnson, according to an affidavit obtained by local outlet KNWA. Johnson allegedly told investigators that he was jealous of Denison and Maguire’s relationship, Fox23 reports.
He also allegedly said that Denison helped him plan out the murder of her lover, Maguire.
Johnson further allegedly told investigators that he and Denison “had sex in the victim’s bed after the murder,” and that “he could still hear the victim in the living room struggling to live, while he was having sex with Denison in the bedroom,” according to KNWA.
The couple is being held on a bond of $1 million for murder and an additional $10,000 for larceny of an automobile apiece. It’s not clear if they have attorneys.
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