14-year-old Jenks murder suspect charged as adult
BY AMANDA BLAND & JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writers
Friday, January 04, 2013
1/04/13 at 7:02 AM
A 14-year-old was charged with murder as an adult Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman in Jenks last month.
Joshua Scott Mooney was charged in Tulsa County District Court with one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree burglary.
Mooney, an eighth-grader at Jenks Middle School, was arrested Dec. 18 in connection with the fatal shooting of Mary Escue, 47, of Reno, Nev.
Escue was in Jenks to visit family and to see friends graduate when she interrupted the burglary at her parents' home on Dec. 17, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reported. Authorities allege that Mooney hid when Escue came into the house and then surprised her and forced her into another room.
Mooney told detectives that while in that room, he aimed a rifle at the victim's head and fired one shot, a police report states. Authorities said he had found the weapon in the residence.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant, filed Thursday, Mooney also told detectives that he had used the victim's cellphone to send a text message to her husband, David Escue, who confirmed that he had received a text message from his wife's phone. The document does not detail what was said in the message.
Mooney was arrested in Sapulpa on Dec. 18 after a person located some of the items that had been stolen from the residence and called the police. He had driven to Sapulpa because he "had to get out of Tulsa County for what (he) had done," he told investigators, according to the police report.
Mooney remains in the Tulsa Jail and is being held without bond.
Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur said his officers have had previous contact with Mooney, but he would not elaborate on that interaction.
Meanwhile, Tulsa County homicide investigators are continuing to question several juveniles after receiving additional information about the slaying.
A teen who was interviewed about the fatal shooting on Wednesday was not taken into custody, said Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark.
Several other juveniles were expected to be interviewed Thursday, he said.
Deputies were unsure whether the interviews would warrant additional arrests.
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Joshua Scott Mooney: He is accused in a Dec. 18 homicide in Jenks.