A defendant who killed another man just outside a Walmart store in Tulsa pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Terry Danell Limose, 37, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Indian Country.
Limose admitted in his plea agreement that he killed victim Jessie Childers by strangulation around 4 am on Nov. 13, 2021. He stated that he strangled the victim for several minutes before the victim died.
Tulsa Police officers were called to the scene after receiving reports that a deceased man was found just outside of the store. Several witnesses reported seeing a man, later identified as Limose, in the parking lot during the time of the crime. One witness even observed the two men fighting. Officers later located Limose hiding in a grassy creek area behind the store with apparent minor injuries.
During the investigation, officers located surveillance video from a nearby business that showed Limose following the victim prior to the murder and throwing rocks and chunks of pavement at him, hitting him multiple times. The victim attempted to scare Limose away with a metal rod and piece of wood he was carrying.
The defendant followed the victim, who had picked up one of the chunks of rock, to the Walmart parking lot. Walmart surveillance video showed the victim throw the rock toward the store’s door and attempt to get help by banging on the window, to no avail. Limose appeared to have trapped the victim by the front door. After approximately six minutes, Limose began fighting the victim and eventually threw the victim to the ground. Limose was on top of the victim for approximately seven minutes before he got off of him. During that time, he strangled the victim, killing him. He then started to walk away when he encountered two other men. They checked on the victim. The other two men left the scene, and Limose attempted to perform CPR on the victim.
The victim was a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, and the crime occurred within the Muscogee Nation reservation.
The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron M. Jolly prosecuted the case.