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Roland man charged with first-degree murder in fentanyl overdose

Jordan Kyle Miller

Monday, May 15, 2022 - A Roland man was charged with first-degree murder in the October 2021 overdose death of a Vian man.

Jordan Kyle Miller, 26, was also charged with the unlawful use of a communication facility and pattern of criminal offenses, both felonies, in connection with the death of Gavin Kemper.

On Oct. 27, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the residence of Richard Kemper in reference to an unresponsive person. When the deputy arrived, he met with Kemper, the father of Gavin Kemper. The elder Kemper said he had found his son unresponsive in his bedroom.

Gavin Kemper was pronounced dead at 3:56 a.m. on Oct. 27.

The deputy found a plastic tube and a piece of aluminum foil containing a burned residue next to Gavin Kemper’s body, items commonly associated with the use of controlled dangerous substances. Inside a nightstand, the deputy located nine blue pills scored “M/30,” which were later identified as oxycodone. The items were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

Kemper’s father showed authorities messages Gavin had been sending Miller on his cell phone shortly before his death.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Gavin Kemper began the text conversation by asking Miller if he was “back in business.” Miller responded affirmatively and Kemper told him he had $300 cash if Miller could come to him. Miller then wrote, “it’s fent,” which is a common street term for fentanyl.

On Nov. 10, a state search warrant was issued for Jordan Miller’s Facebook account. The results sent from Facebook revealed that Kemper messaged Jordan on Oct. 27: “I’ve got 300 right now if you bring it to me.” Kemper tells him he is in Vian, and Jordan asks if he can come any closer to Van Buren, Ark. In a phone conversation a short time later, Kemper asks Jordan where he needed to go, to which Jordan replied, “VB right off interstate when you get to Dora let me know.”

Kemper shared a live location from his phone at 1:17 a.m. Oct. 27. Miller later asked Kemper “u like them.” At 9:59 p.m. Miller texted “whats up” and the conversation ended.

According to the probable cause affidavit, there were other alleged drug-related conversations on Miller’s Facebook account.

On Feb. 9, SCSO investigators met with a confidential informant to purchase fentanyl pills from a male identified as Jordan Miller. During the meeting, the informant arranged to meet Miller at Cheyenne Gentlemen’s Club in Moffett to buy the drugs.

Investigators searched the informant for contraband, then gave him a pre-determined amount of cash and a recording device and followed him to the club’s parking lot.

While waiting for Miller to arrive, the informant tried to contact him, but the calls went to voicemail.

At 4 p.m. on Feb. 9, investigators called off the stakeout and arranged to meet with the informant at a pre-determined location, but on the way there, Miller called the informant and told him his phone had died and that he was on his way from the Pocola casino.

The informant was then sent back to the club to wait for Miller, with investigators maintaining constant surveillance.

At 4:20 p.m. investigators observed a black, four-door car pull up next to the informant’s vehicle. Both men then drove next-door to a convenience store, where they exchanged the money for the pills, according to the affidavit.

The drugs weighed 1.56 grams. Several of the 15 pills were determined to be fentanyl.

SCSO also received a report from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office in reference to Gavin Kemper’s October 2021 overdose death. The report stated that the source of the supply of fentanyl is suspected to have come from Jordan Miller and that Kemper’s probable cause of death was ruled as acute combined drug toxicity. Fentanyl and ethanol were found in his system.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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