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First degree manslaughter charge filed in death of Muldrow man


Roy Don Dye

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - A felony first degree manslaughter charge was filed Aug. 1, 2023 against Roy Don Dye, of Fort Smith.


According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charge, Dye was responsible for the death of Joe Wilson Gregory on July 22, 2023.


Gregory's body was found in the front yard of a residence on E1099 Rd. near Muldrow where it appeared he had been ran over by a vehicle. During the preliminary investigation it was determined that Dye was a person of interest. His vehicle was located approximately 300 yards north of Gregory's body. OSBI crime scene analysis personnel worked the evidence on the undercarriage of the vehicle belonging to Dye.


Dye was questioned by Sequoyah County investigators on July 25 after agreeing to talk about the incident. During the interview Dye confessed to running over Gregory. He stated that he could not remember what had happened on the night of the incident due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed. Dye stated that he had drank a full half gallon of vodka on the day of Gregory's death.


A third person who was with Dye and Gregory on July 21 stated that the two men had been arguing.


A half gallon bottle of vodka had been placed between Gregory's legs at the scene. Another bottle was found inside Dye's truck. Evidence under Dye's truck also confirmed that it was the vehicle involved in the incident.


Residents near the scene stated that they had witnessed Dye driving that same truck in a crazy manner on their road the night of the death.


Dye stated that the incident was accidental but "evidence and witness statements indicate that Roy Don Dye made efforts to cover up killing Joe Wilson Gregory by being untruthful, placing evidence, and attempting to hide the vehicle from investigators", the report states.


Bond was set at $15,000. If convicted, the crime is punishable by imprisonment by not less than four years.




KXMX Staff Writer


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