Indian territory again? An old Oklahoma murder case spotlights tribal sovereignty

Indian territory again? An old Oklahoma murder case spotlights tribal sovereigntyThis lonely roadside ditch is where Mr. Jacobs died one night in August 1999 after being stabbed and beaten by Patrick Murphy. Murphy’s appeal took a while, as capital cases do, and his defenders tried to stay the verdict on grounds of mental incompetency as well as faulty trial procedures and execution protocols in Oklahoma. Murphy is Native American, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the fourth-largest tribe in the United States.

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