Father, 2 sons face federal murder charges in Oklahoma

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – Federal authorities charge an Oklahoma father and his 2 sons in a 2019 murder.

Federal prosecutors charged James Buzzard and his sons, Dakota and Cody, with first-degree murder. The crime happened in Delaware County, Oklahoma. Authorities alleged that the men waited for Jerry Tapp to get home from work, then shot him multiple times.

The 2019 murder

On August 1st, 2019, Deputies responded to a home at 32501 S 685 Road in Delaware County, Oklahoma (near Grove). They arrived and found Jerry Tapp, 49, dead in the front yard from multiple gunshot wounds. His live-in girlfriend, Cassie Tennison, 32, had a non-life-threatening gunshot to the right wrist. She made the 911 call for help. Medical personnel treated and released her.

On August 2nd, authorities got felony warrants for two people.

Officials charged Dakota Buzzard, 18, of Grove, with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

They charged James Buzzard, 46, of Grove, with accessory to murder.

Officers say the shooting appeared to be retaliation for a shooting incident in June of 2015 where Jerry Tapp fired a shotgun into a vehicle occupied by James Buzzard and an 11-year-old girl. The child received a non-life-threatening gunshot wound as a result of this incident.

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