• Dennis McCaslin

Informant foils murder-for-hire plot by Latimer County husband and wife

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) arrested a Latimer County woman and her husband in connection with a murder-for-hire plot.

Courtney Deatherage, 25, and her husband Dustin Deatherage, 26, both face solicitation of murder charges in connection with the plot.

Courtney Deatherage reached out to a family friend in Texas and asked if that individual would kill her ex-husband. They agreed to $250 down and another $250 when it was done. Courtney Deatherage also agreed to provide the gun. The individual contacted law enforcement and reported the situation.

On January 22, 2021, the family friend traveled from Texas to meet with Courtney and Dustin. The three gathered in Courtney’s vehicle to finalize the deal. Courtney gave the individual a loaded twelve-gauge shotgun, that they picked up from Dustin’s grandfather’s home, and a $100 down payment.

Law enforcement made a traffic stop, at which point Courtney was arrested. She was taken to the Latimer County Jail on a $100,000 bond and has since bonded out.

Dustin Deatherage was arrested today without incident. He was taken to the Latimer County jail. He also has a $100,000 bond.

This investigation was a joint effort between the OSBI, Latimer County Sheriff’s Office, Wilburton Police Department and the Latimer County District Attorney’s Office.

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