Ada College Student, 18, Arrested For Kidnapping, Murder Of Classmate

Friday, December 7th 2012, 9:53 am
By: News 9

An 18-year-old college student is in the Pottawatomie County Jail after investigators say he shot and killed a college classmate.

Jerrod Murray is from Asher and attends East Central University in Ada. Pottawatomie County's Sheriff says Murray kidnapped 18-year-old Genarro Sanchez late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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Sheriff Mike Booth says both teens live in dorms on the East Central campus. Booth says Asher's Police Chief received a tip Murray was going to do something violent.

Investigators from several agencies fanned out across a two-county area looking for Murray. Booth says deputies found Genarro Sanchez's body, a pickup truck registered to his family, and a 40-caliber handgun in a rural part of Pottawatomie County around 3 a.m. Thursday. They arrested Jerrod Murray a short-time later three miles away, as he walked along a stretch of Highway 177.

"Everybody that's been involved in this case understands the tragedy this is," Sheriff Booth said Thursday night.

Jerrod Murray will make his first court appearance at 10:30 a.m. Friday.