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Two Oklahoma Officers Charged With Murder After Allegedly Tasing Man More Than 50 Times

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Wilson Police officers Joshua Taylor (left) and Brandon Dingman (right) are charged with second-degree murder.

Two police officers in Wilson - a small town in southern Oklahoma - are facing murder charges in the tasing death of a man last year. They were each released on $250,000 bond last week.

An investigation by state law enforcement accuses Wilson police officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman of tasing Jared Lakey more than 50 times on the Fourth of July last year.

The Carter County District Attorney’s office filed second-degree murder charges against the two officers after receiving a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

According to nonprofit news group The Frontier, the officers stopped Lakey after receiving a report that a man was running down a street.

The officers eventually arrested Lakey with help from a Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy, but the 28-year-old stopped breathing. He was taken to a hospital and eventually transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was pronounced dead.

Both police officers turned themselves in after warrants were issued for their arrest.

Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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