Three arrested following double homicide in Freedom


April 12, 2024

Timothy Wilcox

FREEDOM – On April 11, the Woods County Sheriff's Office requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to assist with a double homicide.

Around 4 that morning, Woods County deputies responded to a residence in Freedom, near Saddlehorn Drive and Dusty Trail, regarding possible gunshots. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered 70-year-old Gary Neil Bradt deceased and 19-year-old Timothy Lane Wilcox in critical condition. Life-saving measures were performed, but unfortunately Wilcox passed away at the scene.

Gary Bradt

Based on the information obtained from the property, three suspects were located and detained for questioning. 23-year-old Christopher Isaiah Padilla, 20-year-old Elijah Isaiah Mann, and a 17-year-old female were arrested on two counts of first-degree murder. All three suspects were booked into the Woodward County Jail.

Bradt and Wilcox were transported to the Office of the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner to determine a cause and manner of death.

The OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) was assisted by the Woods County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Mooreland Police Department.

A silent auction and memorial fund was being established for Bradt and Wilcox in conjunction with the Ranch Rodeo being held Saturday, April 13, at Freedom. Anyone interested in donating for funeral expenses is asked to contact Scott Matthews 580-216-0565 or Randy and Paula McMurphy 580-829-3573 or 580-829-3150.


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