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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Third suspect nabbed in 2011 homicide of homeless man

  • A third suspect being sought by Shawnee police in the 2011 murder of a homeless man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Stillwater.
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  • A third suspect being sought by Shawnee police in the 2011 murder of a homeless man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Stillwater.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said authorities tracked downed Anthony Neal Wood, 21, who had an outstanding first-degree murder warrant from Pottawatomie County.
    Shawnee Police Detectives Ethan Rieves and Ronnie Wilson were with the U.S. Marshals Service and members of its Metro Fugitive Task Force when the arrest was made.
    Wood, of Shawnee, and two others already in custody, were identified as suspects in the 2011 homicide of Alan Wade Branscum, 54. An anonymous tip and further investigation by Shawnee police led to detectives solving that case.
    Branscum, an Arkansas native who was living homeless in Shawnee, was found dead under the Beard Street Bridge in the 800 block of South Beard on the morning of Aug. 6, 2011.
    The case filed in Pottawatomie County District Court shows Wood, along with Leland Dale Blanchard Jr., 19, of Shawnee, and Keenan Allen Thorpe, 23, of McLoud, are all three charged in the homicide.
    Blanchard and Thorpe were arrested last week and are being held without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    Now that Wood has been apprehended, he also will be transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center to be jailed without bond in this case.
    The three defendants are accused of striking Branscum multiple times in the head, face and body, the charge shows. The state medical examiner ruled Branscum died of blunt force trauma.
    The case was unsolved until recently. On the two-year anniversary of Branscum's death earlier this month, police were pursuing a new lead based on a tip, which developed into police piecing together more pieces of the puzzle.
    Watch for updates.
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