The Edmond Sun

October 14, 2013

UPDATE: Police ID Logan Co. homicide victim

DA plans to file formal murder charge Tuesday

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A 33-year-old Beggs woman was the victim of an apparent homicide, and a suspect has been arrested, Logan County police said.

Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee said he plans to file a formal first-degree murder charge against Timothy Slawson, 21, when Slawson appears in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The court house was closed Monday due to the holiday.

Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said Slawson confessed to shooting and killing Carder during the investigation into the discovery of a body Friday in a rural area. Police have not yet revealed a motive in the killing.

Stephens said the victim has been identified as Mindy D. Carder, 33. Carder lived in Oklahoma City, but grew up in Beggs. On Friday, Carder’s relatives were notified about her death.

At about 9 a.m. Friday, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service, Stephens said. Deputies responded to the 9900 block of South Bryant Avenue near the intersection of Simpson and Bryant.

The reporting party described finding a deceased female who was covered in blood at the dead end of their street, Stephens said. Deputies located the deceased at the north end of Bryant on some grassland at the end of the roadway, Stephens said.

Investigators from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which supplied several agents and crime scene investigators, Stephens said.

The investigation revealed a group of persons of interest who were cooperative and were interviewed at length at the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens said.

During the investigation, Slawson emerged as a primary suspect, Stephens said. Slawson helped investigators recover the weapon and Carder’s missing clothing, Stephens said.

Stephens said the Logan County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the assistance of OSBI agents, investigators and laboratory personnel. | 341-2121, ext. 108