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Arrest made after man dies following report of fight at east Tulsa motel

Arrest made after man dies following report of fight at east Tulsa motel

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A man died following a fight at an east Tulsa motel on Wednesday, and police have arrested one person in connection with his death.

Darrick Adam Willis, 34, remained in the Tulsa County jail Thursday on a first-degree manslaughter complaint in the death of Pierson Taylor, 31.

Taylor reportedly was a guest of Willis’ at the motel in the 10800 block of East 41st Street. Emergency responders were called there after noon about a possible overdose and unsuccessfully attempted to revive Taylor, according to an arrest and booking report.

Officers interviewed Willis, who reportedly told them he and Taylor had gotten into a fight.

In a later interview with detectives, Willis said he assaulted Taylor, which included putting Taylor in a headlock and slamming his head into a concrete walkway, after Taylor struck him, the arrest report states.

“(Willis) stated that after the fight that approximately ten minutes later the victim collapsed in the motel room and 911 was called,” an officer wrote.

It was unclear how Taylor managed to get back inside the room after the fight, the report states, and Willis reportedly told detectives he did not know.

According to Oklahoma statutes, homicide is manslaughter in the first degree when perpetrated without a design to effect death by a person while engaged in the commission of a misdemeanor or when perpetrated without a design to effect death, and in a heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner.

An autopsy will determine Taylor’s cause and manner of death.

Willis had not been charged as of Friday. He remained held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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