The Latest: Slain man was mentor, owned cannabis business

January 8, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of three people in Oklahoma City (all times local):

5 p.m.

A 44-year-old man who was among three people killed in an early-morning attack in their Oklahoma City home was the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary and founder of a mentorship program devoted to helping young men escape their criminal pasts.

Oklahoma City police say the body of Elijah Malachi Mothershed was discovered on Monday along with the bodies of 35-year-old Carnesha Patrice Powell and Powell’s 15-year-old daughter, Roshawna Stevens.

Police spokesman Gary Knight says Knight says the house is the same one where a 64-year-old woman was found dead less than a year ago in a slaying that remains unsolved. Knight says there is no indication that the slayings are related.

State Rep. Jason Lowe, an attorney who represents Mothershed’s family, says family members are stunned by his death.


10:10 a.m.

Oklahoma City police say a home where three people were found slain is the same home where a woman was found dead less than a year ago in a still unsolved homicide.

Sgt. Gary Knight says police conducting a welfare check about 12:30 a.m. Monday found the bodies of 15-year-old Roshawna Stevens, 35-year-old Carnesha Patrice Powell and 44-year-old Elijah Malachi Mothershed.

A suspected cause of the deaths has not been released and no arrests have been made.

Knight says the northeast Oklahoma City home is in a “rough neighborhood” and is the same house where 64-year-old Wanda Skanes was found dead on Feb. 7, 2018, in a slaying that remains unsolved.

Knight said there is no indication the two slayings are related.

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