Redbird, OK – A grim and shocking crime shook the community of Redbird, Oklahoma, as 30-year-old Nicholas Scarborough was charged with the brutal murder of his 79-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Newton, and the attempted murder of his father, Daniel Scarborough. The elder Scarborough is fighting for his life in critical condition, authorities reported. The tragic series of events unraveled on Oct 24 in a quiet, unassuming neighborhood, leaving residents and law enforcement in disbelief.
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office detailed the harrowing incident, which began with a distress call from Dorothy Newton as her grandson was fatally stabbing her. Despite the urgent call for help, emergency responders could not arrive in time to prevent her death. The Sheriff’s Office, in a Facebook post, outlined the charges against Nicholas Scarborough, which include first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Sheriff Chris Elliot of Wagoner County described the victims as “good people” who made tireless efforts to guide Nicholas onto a better path, efforts which ultimately proved futile. The incident reached a volatile conclusion as police confronted Nicholas Scarborough near the crime scene. Captured on body camera footage, Scarborough’s aggressive and erratic behavior escalated rapidly, resulting in a physical confrontation with the officers.
Police footage revealed a chaotic scene, where officers’ commands were met with resistance, and Scarborough eventually charged at them. The situation necessitated the use of a stun gun to subdue the agitated suspect. The images, conveying the intensity of the arrest, underscore the dangers law enforcement face in such volatile situations.
Additionally, Scarborough faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. His status as a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe introduces a federal dimension to the case, with the FBI leading the investigation in collaboration with local authorities. Details about Scarborough’s motivations or mental state at the time of the attack remain unclear, adding a layer of complexity to an already perplexing case.
This horrific family tragedy not only underscores the unpredictable nature of domestic violence but also presents challenges to the legal and criminal justice systems in handling cases intertwined with mental health and cultural considerations.