Two charged in fatal Skiatook robbery, murder charges expected to follow
Amanda Auten and Aaron King have been arrested for robbery in the Skiatook home-invasion that left one man dead Aug. 14. The two have not yet been formally charged.
After days of searching, investigators recovered a gun believed used to kill an elderly man in Skiatook who was a perpetual victim of financial crimes.
The gun was found in two pieces in and near a small pond near Lombard Lane and 186th Street North. It is believed to be the weapon used to kill Kenneth Cooper, 83, who was shot in the torso early Aug. 14 at his home on South Buffalo. Cooper’s house was ransacked during the encounter, according to a police affidavit filed in the arrests of Aaron Clay King, 30, of Skiatook, and Amanda Nicole Auten, 32, of Tulsa, who are charged with first degree robbery in the case and are expected to face additional charges of murder.
According to the affidavit, police found a handwritten map denoting the location of Cooper’s house in a stolen red Honda Civic on 44th West Avenue. The car also contained mail and other document bearing the names of King and Auten, along with personal hygiene items.
On Aug. 19, police interviewed a man named Robert Cinko, who told them that King called him at 2:55 a.m. Aug. 14, about a half-hour after the shooting, to ask for a ride from Mr Bass in Skiatook. Cinko told police he picked King up and asked if he had been involved in the shooting, to which King replied that it had been an accident and that Cooper had a knife. Cinko also said that he had previously seen King with a small-caliber pistol that he kept in a black case. He also said that King had talked about owing money to his “brothers,” but did not know who those brothers were.
The affidavit also reveals that Auten’s father, Roger Glover, told police that King held him at gunpoint five days before the shooting and that Auten had hit him during that incident, leaving him with a black eye.
A search of Cooper’s home turned up two spent .25 caliber bullet casings on the living room floor and a third that appeared to have left a path from the kitchen floor, then struck a microwave oven before hitting the ceiling then landing on top of Cooper’s refrigerator. Several blood droplets were also found, as was a knife that was next to the chair upon which Cooper was sitting when he was found shot.
By Louise Red Corn