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Federal Court Vacates Native Man's Death Sentence


August 11, 2017

A federal court vacated the death sentence of a Muscogee (Creek) man on Tuesday, August 8, finding the crime took place on Indian land and the state of Oklahoma lacked the jurisdiction to convict him.

Patrick Murphy, 48, was convicted in 2000 of killing another Muscogee (Creek) man, Greg Jacobs, over a dispute involving a woman. Murphy lived with the woman, who had previously been in a relationship with Jacobs. Murphy stabbed Jacobs to death and cut off his genitals, leaving his body on the side of a McIntosh County road.


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