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Date: 09-28-2021

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United States of America v. Melvin James Battiest

Case Number: 6:21-cr-00109-TDD

Judge: Timothy D. DeGiusti

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (Muskogee County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Muskogee, OK: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with felony murder in Indian Country.

Melvin James Battiest, 60, was charged with violation of 18 United States Code Sections 1111, 1151 and 1153, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than life, a fine of $250,000.00, and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years.

The Indictment alleged that on or about April 23, 1984, deputies of the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a body that was found in the Wahoo Bay in the Fort Gibson Lake area. An autopsy revealed that the person found (Donald Cantrell) died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest. During a subsequent investigation, the defendant admitted that he and another man robbed and murdered Mr. Cantrell at Wahoo Bay and stole his truck and burned it. The defendant took detectives to the crime scene and showed them where everything took place.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, the Muskogee Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable Timothy D. Degiusti, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Conway represented the United States.

18:1111(a), 1151, 1153, & 2 - Murder in Perpetration of Robbery in Indian Country
18: 1111(a), 1151 & 1153 - Murder in Indian Country - Second Degree

Outcome: 09/17/2021 49 MINUTES of Proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West: Motion Hearing held on 9/17/2021 as to Melvin James Battiest. (Re: 35 MOTION for Release from Custody) (Court Reporter: Karla McWhorter) (adw, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/17/2021)
09/17/2021 50 MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West: Based upon the record made at the Motion Hearing held on 9/17/2021, Defendant's 35 Motion for Release from Custody is hereby denied. (adw, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/17/2021)

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