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Oklahoma prison inmate's death reveals cell mate's past

Jan 10, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

The cell mate of Douglas Monroe Cecil was found strangled to death Dec. 2 at the Davis Correctional Facility in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Cecil is facing a murder trial — and potentially the death penalty — in a 2005 prison brawl that killed one and injured at least eight others.

The cell mate of Douglas Monroe Cecil was found strangled to death Dec. 2 at the Davis Correctional Facility in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Cecil is facing a murder trial — and potentially the death penalty — in a 2005 prison brawl that killed one and injured at least eight others.

by Jennifer Palmer

Witnesses at the time identified Cecil as one of the prisoners who stabbed Jones, the affidavit states. Perry Hudson, an attorney who is representing Cecil in the death penalty case, said he visited with his client recently and is aware of the December death of Cecil’s cell mate.

’05 brawl leads to more charges

Two additional men are charged with first-degree murder in connection with Jones’ death.

In letters mailed to prosecutors in March 2007, Benjamin C. Williams, 37, confessed to stabbing and killing Jones, court documents state.

Williams is serving a life sentence for the shooting death of his stepmother in 1992, when he was 17. He was charged Sept. 16, 2008, in Jones’ death, and the case is pending. He is up for parole this September, records show.

Like Cecil, Johnny R. Jameson, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in 2013; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Jameson is serving life without parole for gunning down 29-year-old Terry Mayhugh, the son of a Chickasha police detective, in 2001.

He also is at the state penitentiary.

Because the defendants were already incarcerated, the case was a low priority, which is why years elapsed between the killing and charges being filed, said Eric Yarborough, a Mangum attorney who has been prosecuting the case.

“It’s not that it’s not an important case. Someone got killed. But they aren’t out in the public endangering people,” he said.

Yarborough is a recently elected associate judge and has now handed the cases off to another prosecutor.

Witnesses at the time identified Cecil as one of the prisoners who stabbed Jones, the affidavit states. Perry Hudson, an attorney who is representing Cecil in the death penalty case, said he visited with his client recently and is aware of the December death of Cecil’s cell mate.

’05 brawl leads to more charges

Two additional men are charged with first-degree murder in connection with Jones’ death.

In letters mailed to prosecutors in March 2007, Benjamin C. Williams, 37, confessed to stabbing and killing Jones, court documents state.

Williams is serving a life sentence for the shooting death of his stepmother in 1992, when he was 17. He was charged Sept. 16, 2008, in Jones’ death, and the case is pending. He is up for parole this September, records show.

Like Cecil, Johnny R. Jameson, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in 2013; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Jameson is serving life without parole for gunning down 29-year-old Terry Mayhugh, the son of a Chickasha police detective, in 2001.

He also is at the state penitentiary.

Because the defendants were already incarcerated, the case was a low priority, which is why years elapsed between the killing and charges being filed, said Eric Yarborough, a Mangum attorney who has been prosecuting the case.

“It’s not that it’s not an important case. Someone got killed. But they aren’t out in the public endangering people,” he said.

Yarborough is a recently elected associate judge and has now handed the cases off to another prosecutor.

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