- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) - A man charged with helping a suspect who led authorities on a manhunt in Oklahoma said he doesn’t deserve to be charged since he tipped off law enforcement.

Reginald Laday Moore has pleaded not guilty to two counts of accessory to first-degree murder. Moore is accused of helping 38-year-old Michael Dale Vance Jr., who was wanted in a series of violent crimes across Oklahoma. Vance was killed in a shootout with authorities on Sunday.

“I kept it real, 100 percent, the whole time, from the beginning to the ending,” Moore said. “I don’t know that guy and I did not know what that guy had done.”

Moore is also charged with two counts of shooting with intent to kill. Prosecutors said Moore allowed Vance to have an AK-47 and went to a hardware store to purchase needle nose pliers in order to remove a bullet from a wounded Vance. The AK-47 that prosecutors alleged Vance used to shoot a motor home driver on Oct. 24 and the Dewey County sheriff Sunday was the same one that Moore gave permission for Vance to use.

Randy Frost, a man reportedly shot by Vance at a truck stop, said he believed he would be killed during their encounter. Frost had arrived at the stop to sleep for the night when he said Vance confronted him.

A total of three people, including Moore, have been accused of helping Vance after two police officers shot and a Luther couple killed. All three were charged Monday, and bond was denied for each person.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com



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