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Arrested in Oklahoma on a Colorado ‘road trip’: The story of a fugitive suspect in the Morristown murder case

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About 30 hours after a man was shot dead in Morristown last summer, the murder suspect and a friend have been arrested in Oklahoma.

They were on a “road trip” to Manitou Springs, Colorado, to go hiking, according to the friend.

Screen capture from dashcam video of Tyrell Lansing surrendering to Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers. The video was released during the Morristown murder hearing on June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

It was among the details leaked Tuesday during a lengthy hearing that included dramatic footage from the accused shooter’s dash cam Tyrell Lansing and alleged accomplice in flight DeQuan McDaniel being pulled over at gunpoint by Oklahoma Highway Patrol in Tulsa.

Superior Court Judge Stephane Taylor began the preliminary hearing by denying both defendants’ requests to dismiss their indictments, finding that their grand jury investigations had been conducted properly.

Lawyers for Lansing and McDaniel then cross-examined Oklahoma and Morris County lawmen, looking for any flaws in the arrests and interrogations.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor at the Morristown murder hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The pre-trial hearing also provided a fascinating window into law enforcement resources and coordination after 35 years. Raijah Scott was shot multiple times outside a public accommodation on Clyde Potts Drive early on August 18, 2021.

In addition to the Morris County District Attorney’s Office, Morristown Police and Oklahoma authorities, the investigation involved New Jersey State Police and US Customs officers, who were asked to monitor Lansing to the Mexican border. Authorities shared information through “fusion” centers in both states and a national criminal alert system.

License plates photographed by a surveillance system on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border were studied, looking for vehicles that crossed around the time Lansing’s phone was there, the detective said. of Morris County. Thomas McEnroe.

Lansing was driving McDaniel’s Hyundai Elantra, and the Oklahoma soldiers knew it was coming because Morris County authorities tracking Lansing’s phone alerted them. A mobile network notified the district attorney’s office of the location of that phone every 15 minutes, McEnroe said.

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Go out with your hands up, lieutenant. Colby Overstreet shouted at Lansing through a loudspeaker, “or there will be a bad scene!”

In the video, Lansing, 28, of Morristown, can be seen emerging cautiously and obeying orders to lift his shirt – a gun check – then kneel down to be handcuffed. McDaniel, a 2012 Morristown High School graduate, is then called from the vehicle and made to lie on the sidewalk while a soldier points a gun at him.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Colby Overstreet testifies at the Morristown murder hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Ten Oklahoma officers had followed the Elantra for four or five miles as it weaved through traffic, Overstreet said. He said he acted on information that Lansing was wanted on a New Jersey warrant for carjacking, possibly in connection with a murder.

A Tulsa County jail initially refused to take McDaniel, as there was no warrant for his arrest. Overstreet detained him at the request of Morris County authorities, who quickly obtained a warrant alleging McDaniel obstructed the arrest of a suspect.

Overstreet did not read McDaniel his rights, or question him, he testified. The situation unfolded quickly, with urgency, he said.

“In this case, we were contacted by a state that was tracking a guy on his cell phone that they wanted to question for a murder and there is an active warrant. That’s the information I’m being given and it’s pretty solid information, and it’s pretty serious crimes that have been committed,” said Overstreet, who now holds the rank of captain.

Left to right: Murder suspect Tyrell Lansing, fugitive suspect Dequan McDaniel and defense attorney Sharon Kean at the Morristown murder court on June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“And he’s still traveling through our state and has been through many states and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. So there’s also a requirement to go and arrest them while we know where they are before they cannot disappear.

Two days after the arrest, McEnroe and Morristown Detective Kevin Beale went to Tulsa. A 90-minute video of their interview with McDaniel was released in court on Tuesday.

Morris County Detective Thomas McEnroe testifies at the Morristown Murder Hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Attempting to gain McDaniel’s cooperation, McEnroe is seen telling him “I’m here to help” and praising the Dover resident as smart, with a decent job at Morristown Medical Center, a good car, and a good life.

McDaniel tells McEnroe that he and Lansing traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a baby shower and then headed to “Princess”, McDaniel’s friend in Colorado, where he had been hiking in the past.

But at some point, McDaniel tells the detective, “Stop dating me.” If the police want to help, he asks, why did they point guns at him?

Screen capture from video of Morris Town Detective Thomas McEnroe and Morristown Detective Kevin Beale interviewing Dequan McDaniel in Oklahoma, August 2021. The video was shown during the Morristown murder hearing, June 14 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

McDaniel’s attorney, William Johnsonasked McEnroe why he continued to question his client after signing “No” on a consent form that day in Tulsa.

Accused killer Tyrell Johnson at the Morristown court hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“So you didn’t think Mr. McDaniel meant no when he said no?” Johnson asked.

McEnroe said McDaniel seemed willing to speak, but was confused. The detective said he wanted to make the seriousness of the situation “clear”.

“And I saw him again: ‘You’re here because there was a murder in Morristown. And the guy we identified as the murderer is in your car. And it’s also in Oklahoma. That’s why you are here.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor talks to Morristown Sheriff’s Officer about courtroom security, during the Morristown murder hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“And I think after that clarification, he said, I understand, and then we went over the rights, and he said yes,” McEnroe, a former New Jersey state trooper, testified.

Lansing’s attorney, Sharon Kean, raised questions about the warrant that led to his arrest. It was for the unlawful seizure of a vehicle – but that vehicle, a white Land Rover, was found hours after the shooting.

The hearing is expected to continue later this month. Morris County Assistant District Attorney Tara Wang continues the case.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Colby Overstreet and Morris Assistant District Attorney Tara Wang during the Morristown murder hearing, June 14, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin