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Affidavit: Argument preceded Johnston County murder

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Destinee Hutcherson and Nakoda Brumley are charged with first degree homicide. (Johnston County Sheriff) Destinee Hutcherson and Nakoda Brumley are charged with first degree homicide. (Johnston County Sheriff)
Authorities said the remains of Stephen Simonds were located in rural Coal County on May 23, 2019. (KTEN) Authorities said the remains of Stephen Simonds were located in rural Coal County on May 23, 2019. (KTEN)

JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- There is new information about a murder in Johnston County.

Authorities found the body of Wapanucka resident Stephen Simonds along a creek in neighboring Coal County late last week. He had originally been reported missing.

Three people are currently in custody in connection with Simonds' death. Nakoda Brumley and Destinee Hutcherson are charged with first degree homicide; Johnny Lowe Jr. is charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

A family turned Brumley in, claiming that he had confessed to the crime.

"We don't have very many homicides in this county," said Sheriff Jon Smith. "It's been about 10 years since we had one."

According to an affidavit, Brumley had been arguing with Simonds on May 9 in front of Hutcherson's RV when Brumley allegedly opened fire, killing Simonds.

Documents state that Brumley got the weapon from Lowe, who lives nearby.

Simonds' body was disposed in Delaware Creek in Coal County.

All three suspects had their initial court appearance on Wednesday morning. Hutcherson and Brumley are scheduled for a follow-up on June 24; Lowe will return to court on July 8.

Sheriff Smith said additional arrests and further charges can be expected.

The victim's family said Stephen Simonds was always polite and kind; his funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

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