Bryan Co. Sheriff reacts to latest in D.J. Jones murder investigation

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DURANT, OK - After a week on the run, one of the suspects in D.J. Jones' murder walked into the Bryan County Jail on Friday. Victoria Maranan was there and has the latest in the case.

Bryan County Sheriff, Bill Sturch said they were given a head's up by a witness that Dustin Metcalf would be turning himself in to law enforcement, and he did Friday afternoon. Just before 2 p.m., Dustin Metcalf turned himself in to law enforcement a week after D.J. Jones was shot to death in Cartwright.

"We're glad that it's done and over, and maybe some people can relax and, you'll be surprised how many get uptight when they think there's a murderer running loose in this part of the world," said Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch.

According to an affidavit released by the O.S.B.I., Metcalf was identified as the man who told Harold Hass to shoot Jones. Hass was arrested for murder after a two-hour manhunt in Bells, Texas last Friday. Another suspect, Wesley Kelley, turned himself in earlier this week, and he faces murder charges. Alora Hix, accused of luring Jones to Cartwright with promises of sex , was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. And now Metcalf is behind bars, charged with first-degree murder.

Sturch said it took hard work, and he's glad to have all the suspects in custody within a week of the murder.

"It was actually, I would think, pretty good if you think about it. If you got something like this and they do run, if they get into a car and they run, they could be in the east coast or west coast right now," he said.

Metcalf has been arraigned. His companion, Danica Miller, was in court as well. District Attorney Emily Redman said Miller will be a material witness in this case. But Sturch said the investigation is far from over.

"I'm sure they'll be out looking for other material witnesses as they call them, where he may have been, whom he has stayed with since that time or even the time this happened that hadn't come forward yet, so we'll see," he said.

Dustin Metcalf's preliminary hearing is set for September 8th. He is being held without bond in the Bryan County Jail.

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