Two stabs to the neck with a Phillips head screwdriver caused the Sept. 3 death of an 87-year-old Lawton man, according to the state Medical Examiner.

Medical Examiner Asma Sharif reported that Burl Horton died from “sharp force injuries of neck” and ruled his death as a homicide.

According to the incident report, officers were called around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3 to a home at 911 SW 5th on the report of a man found with a screwdriver buried in his neck.

The woman who reported Horton’s death said she’d come over to check on her boyfriend and she found Horton in the bedroom. Officers went inside and found him dead in the bedroom.

The autopsy report shows that Horton received two front to back stab wounds to his neck: one went 7.5 centimeters deep and the other went 15 centimeters and struck the jugular vein. Sharif noted the deeper stab wound is where the Phillips head screwdriver was left with the handle “flush with the skin.”

Horton also was found to have suffered superficial cuts behind both ears and to his upper inner lip, a broken nose and abrasions to the left forearm. Cardiovascular disease also is attributed with contributing to Horton’s death.

Sgt. Tim Jenkins, Lawton Police information officer, said the case remains under investigation. Few other details have been released.

“We would like for the public to know that we are working diligently and following up with all the information that we have gotten thus far in the investigation,” Jenkins said.

Horton’s death was the ninth of 17 homicides within the Lawton city limits in 2019 recorded by The Constitution’s reporting.

If you have any information on this crime, contact Lawton Police or Crime Stoppers at (580) 355-INFO.

Written by Scott Rains: srains@swoknews.com.

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