MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Johnathan Zamudio, 32, of Glenpool, appeared in court Thursday via video feed from the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility to be formally charged with first-degree murder.
Zamudio sat limply in the chair provided and did not look at the camera. He was wearing a black, padded outfit typically reserved for inmates placed on suicide watch.
The charge follows a Tuesday evening altercation near the Lakeland Shopping Center on East Side Boulevard which ended with the death of Keith Boswell, 54, of Muskogee, after Zamudio stabbed him in the chest with a knife, according to an affidavit filed with the case.
The attack occurred at approximately 8:38 p.m., after which officers responded to the location to find Boswell unresponsive on the sidewalk outside one of the stores, according to a report from Muskogee Police Department Interim Public Information Officer Jeramie Garcia.
Boswell was taken to Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, where he was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m, Garcia said. Zamudio, who fled the scene after the attack, was apprehend a couple of hours later using a K-9 unit, according to the report.
Zamudio was told by Special District Judge Robin Adair that he would be held without bond until a Sept. 5 sounding docket. Adair also appointed a lawyer for the accused.
Details regarding what led to the altercation remain sparse, although Boswell's brother Michael Boswell, 56, said Zamudio had appeared at the Boswells' North L Street home "a couple of days" before the fight.
Michael also said that Zamudio had retrieved a wooden-handled knife from the house.
"He and a girl came by here a couple of days ago, and he threw that knife out of the house," Michael said. "I ended up sticking that knife in a tree. It wasn't there after that."
The attack marks the second murder charge filed in Muskogee in 2019, Garcia said.
Allen Syfrett, 54, is charged with the Jan. 19 slaying of Jimmy Ray Thompson, 48, of Muskogee. Thompson died at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee after he was stabbed during a fight with Syfrett in the hallway of Terence Park Apartments on North Sixth Street, police said. Syfrett remains held without bond in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. His case is set for a disposition docket at 9 a.m. Dec. 11. At that time, a date will be set for trial, or Syfrett could make arrangements to enter a formal plea and avoid trial.
Oxendine writes for Muskogee Phoenix, a CNHI News Service publication.