Oklahoma Casino Parking Garage Murder Leads to Arrest

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A man was killed Sunday evening at Oklahoma’s Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant parking garage. Antonio Anthony Latham, 20, of Gunter, Texas, was apprehended shortly after the violent crime.

Antonio Anthony Latham, pictured above in a mug shot. He was charged for a casino murder. (Image: KXII)

Latham was charged with first-degree murder, according to Oklahoma TV station KXII. The victim was identified as Phillip Wingfield, 51, Oklahoma TV station KFOR reported.

The homicide took place in the casino’s Sky Tower parking garage at about 6:30 p.m., local news reports revealed.

Suspect Behind Bars

At 9:07 p.m. Sunday, Latham was booked at Oklahoma’s Bryan County Jail. He remained in custody as of Monday afternoon and will likely soon appear in court.

The accused murderer and the victim reportedly were the only ones involved in the confrontation. It’s unknown why the two got into a dispute. It’s also not immediately known what weapon, if any, was used in the homicide.

The victim likely will undergo an autopsy by a local medical examiner. The autopsy will confirm his identity and the manner and cause of death.

EMTs rushed to the parking garage. They attempted to save the victim, but he passed away from his severe injuries.

Choctaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department is investigating the homicide along with the officers assigned to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Homicide detectives likely looked at surveillance video from the casino to see if there was any relevant evidence. Officers also looked for possible witnesses and searched for any clues linking the suspect to the crime.

In a statement quoted by local news reports, Choctaw Casino said its priority is the safety and security of guests and staff.

The Choctaw Casino is located about 91 miles north of Dallas, Texas. The gaming property is operated by the Choctaw Nation.

It’s believed to be the third-largest Indian nation in the US. The nation has more than 200K tribal members and more than 11K employees.

Casino Theft

The casino has been the site of prior incidents. A former employee at the Durant Choctaw Casino allegedly swiped $10K from the property’s vault in October 2021. He was identified as Gregory Caleb Perry, 37, who formerly worked as the vault clerk at the casino. Perry allegedly stole 100 $100 bills and stuffed them into his shirt.

He was arrested and booked. The outcome of court proceedings wasn’t immediately available.

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