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Wagoner County Homicide Sentencings Completed

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Martha Christine Simpson, age 46, of Henryetta, Oklahoma, Jabaica Lee Tecumseh, age 43, of Morris, Oklahoma, and Tommy Glen Tecumseh, age 36, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a 2019 homicide.

Simpson was sentenced to 99 months for Voluntary Manslaughter in Indian Country.  Tommy Glen Tecumseh was sentenced to 120 months for one count of Murder in Indian Country.  Jabaica Lee Tecumseh was sentenced to 169 months for one count of Murder in Indian Country.

The charges arose from investigations by the Broken Arrow Police Department, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On May 4, 2022, a federal jury found Simpson guilty of one count of Voluntary Manslaughter in Indian Country.  During the trial, the United States presented evidence that on July 15, 2019, Jabaica Lee Tecumseh and Tommy Glen Tecumseh beat the victim before Simpson fatally stabbed him in the neck.  The crime occurred in Wagoner County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation.

Tommy Glen Tecumseh and Jabaica Lee Tecumseh each pleaded guilty to Murder in Indian Country in February of 2021.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings in Muskogee.  The defendants were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve non-paroleable sentences of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Satter represented the United States at the sentencing.

Updated June 12, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice