David Dwayne Collins,35, arrested in Fort Smith, AR
David Dewayne Collins, 35, of Pocola was arrested Thursday in Fort Smith, Ark., for the shooting death of a Muldrow man whose body was found in what remained of a burned-out home on Lee’s Chapel Road, southeast of Muldrow.
Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the body of Shannon Bryan Southern, 20, was found burned and shot multiple times after firefighters doused the fire which destroyed the home.
Lockhart said the investigation indicates that Southern owed Collins $40, and went to Southern’s home in the early morning hours of Sept. 22. The investigation indicates that Collins shot Southern several times, then poured a flammable liquid, possibly gasoline, around the body and set the house on fire. The sheriff said investigators are still waiting on the fire marshal’s report to determine the exact identity of the flammable liquid.On Sept. 22, after the fire destroyed Southern’s home, which belonged to his grandfather, Kenneth Lewis, firefighters found Southern’s body next to a couch. The fire was reported by a newspaper deliverer at about 6 a.m. and the Muldrow Police Department dispatched the Muldrow, Liberty and Roland Fire Departments at 6:05 a.m. The firefighters reported the home was fully engulfed when they arrived. After firefighters found the body, it was sent to the state medical examiner’s office. Upon learning from the medical examiner the next day that Southern had been shot, Lockhart began an immediate investigation at the scene, and had officers and investigators sifting through the remains of the home looking for clues to Southern’s death.Lockhart said the investigators interviewed several of Southern’s friends who connected him to Collins, and investigators obtained cell phone records of calls between Collins and Southern, and cell phone messages in which Collins allegedly threatened Southern.
Collins, Lockhart said, “has been in the area about three years. He is originally from North Carolina and was living in Pocola. He has been working in the area and in Roland as a welder, which is how he met Southern.”http://www.sequoyahcountytimes.com/p...ance=top_storyLockhart said in addition to the first-degree murder charge, he anticipates Collins will also be charged with arson and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Collins has a felony record in North Carolina and other areas, Lockhart said the investigation revealed. Lockhart said more information will be revealed when formal charges are filed against Collins.
Shannon Bryan "Buzz" Southern, 20, Mulsrow, OK
http://www.agentfuneralhome.com/z_Southern_SB.htmlShannon Bryan "Buzz" Southern was born January 11, 1989 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the son of William Bryan "Billy" Southern and Tammy Renee (Lewis) Southern. He was a graduate of Roland High School, a welder at Air Compressor Equipment Company and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Southern passed this life on September 22, 2009 in Muldrow, Oklahoma after having attained the age of 20 years, 8 months and 11 days.
parents: Billy and Tammy Southern of Roland, Oklahoma
1 brother: Austin Southern of the home
Grandparents: Bill and Marie Southern of Muldrow, Ok.,
Kenny and Suzie Lewis of Muldrow, Ok
and the late Joyce H. Lewis
$40.00!! Good Golly, that's all Collins deemed Southern was worth.....
Rest in Peace Shannon Bryan Southern, Justice will be served.....