STIGLER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Monday that a man has confessed to the 1987 shooting death of Haskell County Commissioner Leo Boyd Reasnor.
Clifford Eagle walked into the Billings police department last Wednesday and confessed to killing Reasnor on June 25, 1987, according to the OSBI.
Eagle, 54, who was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the case, was being held in the Billings jail pending extradition. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney and OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said it was not known why Eagle was in Montana.
Online court records list Eagle as from Quinton in neighboring Pittsburg County.
The agency said Eagle told police that Reasnor confronted him and Vince Allen Johnson, who Reasnor suspected of stealing property from him.
Johnson was executed in 2001 for another Oklahoma killing.
Eagle said both he and Johnson opened fire because he thought Reasnor was reaching for a gun.
Reasnor was shot once in the head. Authorities said at the time that no weapon was found at the scene.
Reasnor, 49, was found dead in his pickup truck southwest of Lequire by his son and son-in-law, who authorities said went looking for him when he failed to show up for a wedding rehearsal.
Authorities said he had gone to the area in the southern part of the eastern Oklahoma county to check on the progress of grass he had planted in a pasture where he kept cattle.