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Tulsa Man Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter

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

A federal jury found a Tulsa man guilty of voluntary manslaughter in Indian Country after killing an Indian man with a knife, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Bradon Kemp, 24, of Tulsa, maliciously killed an Indian man by stabbing him in the head, neck, and torso with a knife on August 4, 2020.

“Bradon Kemp will now be held responsible for his violent criminal behavior. My office takes seriously its special trust responsibility to prosecute violent crimes in Indian Country. I’m extremely proud of the FBI and Tulsa Police Department as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Briden and Ed Snow for their tireless preparation and successful prosecution of Mr. Kemp in federal court,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint  Johnson.

On August 4, 2020, Tulsa Police Department officers responded to a 911 call involving a stabbing at an apartment complex. Kemp and the victim both lived within the same apartment complex. Kemp approached the Indian man through an upstairs landing outside two separate apartment units. He began attacking the male victim with a knife starting on the landing and traveling down the stairs to the sidewalk. Upon landing on the sidewalk, Kemp continued to stab the victim. The victim suffered 12 fatal stab wounds.

Another resident of the apartment complex observed the altercation and intervened to stop Kemp from fleeing the crime scene. Kemp stayed until officers arrived and took him into custody. Officers discovered the deceased victim lying next to Kemp’s knife on the sidewalk.

The victim was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the crime occurred within the Muscogee Nation Reservation.

The FBI and Tulsa Police Department served as the investigative agencies. Judge Claire V. Eagan presided over the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Briden and Ed Snow prosecuted the case.   Braden Bennet Kemp will be sentenced on October 5, 2021.


Public Affairs

Updated June 28, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime