Murray Co. deputy fired for alleged violent behavior

SULPHUR, OK - A Murray County deputy with a record of violent past behavior has been terminated from the Murray County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Darrin Rogers says the deputy was let go because of his past conduct.

On October 8, Deputy Craig Billings allegedly beat 20-year-old Logan Grinstead after he was arrested for public intoxication at the Elks Lodge in Sulphur.

According to Grinstead's attorney Tim Kittle, when Grinstead was being booked into the Murray County jail, Grinstead was making remarks toward officers. Billings allegedly threw Grinstead to the ground and repeatedly beat his head on the floor.

Grinstead did receive medical attention for a concussion, then was rebooked into Murray County Jail.

Grinstead's attorney said they are in the process of filing a case against the Murray County Sheriff's Department, but sees no wrong doing of Sulphur Police.

The Elks Lodge employee who called the police said Grinstead was violating Elks Lodge rules.

"Logan was being disruptive is all it was, and we told him he had to leave," Roger Goodman said. "He came into our bar area and there is only one area where we allow only 21-years-old or above and Logan is not 21. I have know Logan for years."

But Goodman said this is not the first time Billings has been aggressive.

"A few months back they had a situation where I guess he maced somebody," Goodman said. "I can't remember what all happened but I just saw it in the paper the other day and I thought that was the reason he got fired. Then I heard something happened to Logan." Goodman said.

In August, an appellate court found that Billings violated a Sulphur family's 4th Amendment rights four years ago when he forcefully entered their home and sprayed them with pepper spray in pursuit of their teen son on a minor traffic stop violation.

The family requested an ambulance but were denied. The mother and stepfather were later transported to a local hospital and then arrested for obstructing an officer. The charges against them were later dropped.


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  • by casper Location: usa on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    you will respect my athoratay......
  • by nurse111 Location: ardmore on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    Two of my family members were arrested for arguing. They were treated like hardened criminals. This man also threaten to throw my other family member in jail if she didn't "shut the hell up". this man needed what he got!!!!!!
  • by T Location: MURRAY COUNTY on Oct 31, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    I Have know Billings along time. he is not a violent man. I believe there are 2 sides to every story and we are not hearing both sides.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to T
      Bull
  • by js Location: sulphur on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    why do people have to talk about other people and their families when they dont even know anything. this man has a wife and kids that love him very much. i am sure we all have things in our life that could be talkd about. just leave them alone.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to js
      he behaved like violent criminal with a badge
  • by Renee A Location: Sulphur on Oct 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    I live just N of where Billings lives. No one is there anymore. havent seen him or his family in about a week. and i must say THANK GOD he is gone. he is such a jerk.
  • by Jason Y Location: Sulphur on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    I know this kid ( he played football with my son ) he is a good kid . This officer has been a major problem for everyone and Officer Flowers ( SPD ) aint much better . I almost feel the state need's to take over this Dept. before someone get's killed.
  • by Marcus Location: Pauls Valley on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    I work in Davis and have a lot of friends in the Murray County area specifically Sulphur/Davis. This Sheriffs department is probably the most corrupt in Oklahoma. I've never in my life heard of a jailman letting the persons in custody go home at night and return the next, I've never heard of off duty police doing doughnuts in persons of the communities yards DRUNK, then getting beat up and not wanting to be caught so they drive all the way to the city to go to the hospital, THEN try to press charges on the man that beat them because they trespassed. Now Billings beats up and several people and over the years has done many many things against the law. I know of Sulphur police doing illegal searches of cars and houses. I know of Sulphur police catching someone on probation at least 5 times with marijuana and letting him go. It's ridiculous, everything I've said A LOT of people know about it but if anyone in the Sulphur community comes out and says anything they will be tormented by the police. I've been praying they do anything like this to me...
  • by John Location: Sherman on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:42 PM
    When an "officer of the law" beats someone to the point of concussion, they become a criminal themselves. I think the firing was justified and actually should have happened after the mace attack 4 years ago, along with being thrown in jail.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:58 PM in reply to John
      AMEN
  • by ABOUT TIME Location: Davis on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Its about time something has been done about this fool. I had my own run in with this guy becuase his "friend" and I had an argument on the phone. Anyways somehow he got involved in it called me and told me if I didn't leave her alone he was going to "pop" my husband. So ya he deserves it and its about time some changes are made to the Sheriffs department. Look how many employees of it are in trouble for something!! Anyone who thinks Craig is a good man must not of got on his bad side at any time. And what was he doing at the Elks lodge on duty??? This county is a fool to support such a looser.
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Sounds to me like Grinstead deserved a beating.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to Zyklon B
      you're an idiot
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