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Oklahoma Man Accused of Attempting to Kill Cousin, Then Hiring an Escort


An Oklahoma man who allegedly tried to kill his cousin in an arson fire was so unfazed by what he had done, that he hired an escort after fleeing the scene. 

Reports say police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Calumet. When they arrived, they found a mobile home engulfed in flames with a man and his son standing outside.

The man told police that his cousin, Stacey Durrett, 53, tried to lock him and his son inside the mobile home before setting it on fire. They say Durrett tied an extension cord around the handle to prevent them from leaving the home.

The man says he told his cousin, "You are going to kill my kid, too," and Durrett agreed to let the son leave, but said he was still going to kill the boy's father.

When Durrett untied the extension cord from the handle to let the son out, but the boy and his father were able to exit the burning mobile home. They told police that as soon as they left the home, a propane tank exploded, igniting the home.

The suspect fled the scene, but a witness later reported seeing him at a Yukon motel. When investigators arrived at the suspect's motel room, they found a trail of rose petals leading to a bathtub, where they found Durrett.

He reportedly told police that he had hired an escort,and had scattered the rose petals in an attempt to "spice things up."

Durrett was arrested and transported to the Canadian County Jail, where he reportedly confessed to investigators that he had been at the scene and tied the extension cord around the door handle.

He is held on $150,000 bond on complaints of two counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree arson.

Oklahoma law in 21 O.S. § 652 (c) states that "any person who . . . in any manner attempts to kill another . . . is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding life."

First degree arson is defined in 21 O.S. §  1401 as willfully or maliciously setting fire to or burning a building that is inhabited or occupied by at least one other person. First degree arson also occurs when a person causes or starts a fire while manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, as in a meth lab fire. According to the Oklahoma criminal code, first degree arson is a felony punishable by a maximum of 35 years in prison. 

Both attempted murder and first degree arson are considered violent crimes subject to Oklahoma's "85 percent rule." Anyone convicted of one or more of these offenses must serve at least 85 percent of his or her parole before becoming eligible for parole. See the full list of 85 percent crimes here.

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