A man who allegedly wrote that he was a “prophet of Satan” and his live-in friend, who allegedly told a cellmate that it was necessary to shoot people you were burning because “they screamed too loud” will now face first-degree murder charges in Wagoner County in October.
Cody Thompson and Joshua Harrington were in court in Wagoner County today before Judge Dennis Shook facing accusations that they tortured and killed Brennon Davis, 15, near Lake Fort Gibson in January of this year.
The day-long preliminary hearing was accompanied by sobs from loved ones of the victim. On Jan. 11, 2017, Davis told his mother he was going to hang out with the two men, she testified, and he left her house to ride to Tulsa and see a movie with them around 9:40 p.m. Around 5 a.m., she awakened to notice he had not returned, so she started calling him and his phone went straight to voicemail, she testified. She texted him as well, with no response.
She said she got dressed and went over to Thompson’s house, but his truck was not there, so she started “blowing up his phone.” Finally, when he answered, she said he told her he had dropped Brennan off around a corner near her house, later, that it was a different corner, around 10 p.m., a mere 20 minutes after he had picked the boy up.
Wagoner County Detective Bryan Underwood testified that when he responded to a 911 call at 9:59 p.m. of a body on fire near Jackson Bay, he found a male body laying on its side, face-down, in flames, with one of its legs completely burned off. Lead investigator Danny Elliott testified that he found a bullet underneath the body when the medical examiner arrived, and shotgun pellets near the head. The bullet, he said, had come out of the body during the fire.
The medical examiner later recovered four more bullets from the body. The bullets were later matched by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations to guns that were seized from Thompson’s house, and the pellets also matched a shotgun in his possession. Elliott said the next morning, while responding to a missing person report for Brennan Davis, he tried a key he had found on the body, and it fit the front lock at Davis’s house. The medical examiner later positively identified the body via dental records.
After learning that Harrington only owned one pair of shoes, Elliott got a warrant for those shoes, which tested positive for blood that was DNA tested and matched Davis, he testified. Harrington told police the men were out near Jackson Day with Davis and that a dark sedan with a masked driver came by and started shooting, striking Davis. The car, he told police, later sped away. Police never found any evidence of a car speeding away, and Harrington couldn’t provide an answer to why he hadn’t notified police that his friend had been shot to death, or how the body ended up on fire.
Thompson’s attorney, Muskogee’s Andy Hayes, asked Elliott if Thompson had been seeing invisible people or talking to himself in the interview room, to which Elliott answered he had. Thompson also told investigators that time was very important to him, that he had “lots of clocks” all over his house, and when asked about whether he remembered the time something happened, he responded with a quote from Albert Einstein: “Time is manmade, it is an illusion.”
Thompson, who witnesses indicated was the leader of the pair, had posted a number of “demented” and “evil” things on his Facebook page, several witnesses testified, including things that could be interpreted as satanic. In one notebook, he allegedly wrote “Eliminate Josh,” allegedly referring to Harrington.
Harrington allegedly told a cellmate, Chad Lewman, that he was “in” for first-degree murder of a 15-year-old kid, and that he had made certain he bought popular shoes and made sure other people had seen him firing Thompson’s firearms so any fingerprints on them could be explained away. He also allegedly explained to Lewman how to burn a body and how, “when you burn a body, people tend to scream loud” enough that they “had to be dispatched. They know what’s coming. They cry and scream so loud that you have to dispatch them, because once they’re lit up, it gets even louder.”
Harrington allegedly told Lewman that “you never forget” the smell of a burning body. Lewman, a multiple felon, said he was not offered any deal in exchange for his testimony.
“I done a lot of wrong in my life,” he testified. “This is the right thing to do, and I figured maybe I can do some good.”
Harrington allegedly also told Lewman that he was “heavily medicated, and it would be very easy to cover the four stories he told deputies.”
Shook ruled that there was probable cause that a crime had been committed and that the two defendants were the people who committed them and bound them over for arraignment Oct. 30.
DISCLAIMER: Brennan Davis was friends with my son and frequently stayed the night at our house. I hold no opinion on the guilt or innocence of the suspects.