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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Two suspects apprehended in murder probe

  • A body found in a shallow grave in rural Seminole County Tuesday has been turned over to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office for identification, according to the Seminole Police Department.


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  • A body found in a shallow grave in rural Seminole County Tuesday has been turned over to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office for identification, according to the Seminole Police Department.
    A man and woman were arrested Tuesday on first-degree murder complaints in connection with the body, Seminole Police Public Information Officer Branon Bowen said.
    Brian Gober was arrested in Seminole around 9 a.m., and Marilee Ann Smotherman, 32, was arrested in Norman around 11:57 a.m. Tuesday by Cleveland County Sheriff detectives, Meghan McCormick, spokeswoman for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department said. Smotherman was transported back to the Seminole County jail by Seminole authorities.
    Both Gober and Smotherman are currently in custody at the Seminole County jail, Bowen said.
    The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Seminole County sheriff and Seminole Police Department in serving Smothermann with the warrant for first-degree murder.
    No formal charges have been filed against either Gober or Smotherman.
    The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole Police Department, along with the District 22 Violent Crimes Task Force, helped arrest Gober Tuesday.
    Authorities have indicated that the arrests may be connected to a missing 33-year-old Seminole woman, Veronica Carlson.

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