The Edmond Sun

November 6, 2013

Arcadia double homicide case advances

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A case involving two homicides in Arcadia is moving closer to a trial date.

At about 5 p.m. July 4, members of the Arcadia and Edmond Police departments and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 117 W. 4th St. in Arcadia where a citizen reported seeing two black males lying in the street, according to court records.

The victims, later identified as Diallo Scott, 39, and Donald Scott, 34, were deceased due to gunshot wounds, according to court records. The suspect, identified by authorities as Garrett Harjo, 20, of Arcadia, later surrendered. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bond.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 27 before Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong. On July 15, the Oklahoma County prosecutors filed two counts of first-degree murder against Harjo. Prosecutors allege Harjo used a handgun to inflict wounds leading to the victims’ deaths.

Efforts to reach Harjo’s listed attorney, Leon Bragg Jr., were not successful. On July 16, the defendant appeared in custody and entered a plea of not guilty.

On Oct. 28, he appeared for a preliminary hearing, according to court records. Witnesses testified and evidence was introduced.

A witness told investigators the defendant was at her home before the victims arrived, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court by Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff J. Ledford.

The witness said she had heard the defendant and the victims arguing outside, the affidavit stated. She said she heard gunshots, went outside and saw the victims lying in the street and the defendant and his vehicle leaving the scene, the affidavit stated.

The defendant’s motion to dismiss the charges due to lack of evidence was overruled. Probable cause was found and the defendant was ordered to stand trial. | 341-2121, ext. 108