Teen testifies he shot Papa John's trucker in 2013 robbery

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, June 12, 2015

One of a trio of teenagers suspected of murdering a trucker who was delivering loads of dough to a Papa John’s in Tulsa in 2013 identified himself as the one who pulled the trigger.

Jermaine Savory, 19, made the admission in court on the witness stand Thursday, June 11, during the trial of his cousin, Frankie Jackson Jr., according to a report by The Tulsa World.

Savory pleaded guilty last August to first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of trucker Robert Horton, 53, of Arlington, Texas, and was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 38 years.

Horton was shot and killed at around 6 a.m. on March 23, 2013, as he and his driving partner were delivering food products to a Papa John’s pizza franchise at 2802 E. 11th St. Savory, Jackson, and a third teen – Damian Anderson – were all three bound over to stand trial for the murder. Anderson’s trial is scheduled to begin next week.

Savory’s admission is significant, because it is the first time he has admitted to being the shooter. During his own trial and sentencing, Savory never identified who the shooter was.

The suspects are alleged to have waited outside in an SUV, which was parked behind a nearby wooden fence. At least two suspects got out and lost Horton temporarily when he went into the building. They drove off but came back when they saw Horton come outside.

At least two suspects got out of the vehicle and approached Horton while he was an estimated 30 feet from the trailer, on the other side of the building.

A stolen 9 mm handgun is believed to be the murder weapon. On Thursday, prosecutors filed a notice to introduce evidence that the suspects stole the murder weapon along with six other firearms, some electronics and $60 cash from a residence in the 9100 block of E. 3rd Place in Tulsa, on or around March 14 to March 15, 2013. According to the filing, police found five guns at Savory’s apartment after the murder, which matched the description of some of the weapons that were stolen in the burglary.

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