Search Warrant Reveals Details Of Suspicious Death In Norman

Tuesday, May 6th 2014, 6:59 pm
By: News 9

The gates to the property where Virgil Alexander lived are closed nearly but the case of his unexplained disappearance and death is still very much open.

Cleveland County Court records reveal some of the evidence police are working with.

To begin with, officers learned Alexander was battling cancer but had not been to see his doctor since January 9. In fact, the doctor visit was the last time Alexander was seen by anyone other than his partner, who police refer to as a trans-gender male who claimed to gain the power of attorney for Alexander, five days later.

In the months that followed, the partner continued to fill only a couple of Alexander's prescriptions - Lortab and Xanax.

According to the search warrant, Alexander's family grew suspicious when a $3,507 tax refund check was deposited to the partners mutual account. Norman Police began looking for Alexander and said the partner made several false statements such as Alexander was at an out of state cancer treatment facility.

By April 25, an informant told police Alexander's partner rented a backhoe and buried him on the property.

"Most cities don't allow that within city limits," Timothy Dwyer, chief investigator for the state medical examiner's office said. "Generally speaking, you can't just bury someone without reporting the death, if a crime was committed or if there's trauma or suspicion of foul play involved in that death, we need to be made aware of those circumstances before the body is put in the ground."

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Investigators have yet to reach any conclusions as to how Alexander died, the toxicology report is pending, but they have obtained videos and receipt for a backhoe rental -- evidence the partner allegedly said "needed to conceal"

The partner is not considered a suspect but the investigation is ongoing. Police are treating this as a suspicious death until the medical examiner makes an unofficial ruling.