Sapulpa suspect arrested in Tulsa’s first homicide of 2022

Editor’s Note: Some of the details in this story are graphic. Reader discretion is advised.

Two suspects—one of them from Sapulpa—have been arrested after a woman was found beaten to death by Tulsa Police on Tuesday, January 4th.

According to a statement released on the Tulsa Police Facebook Page, officers were called out to check on the wellbeing of 29-year-old Sarah Maguire at a home near 28th W. Ave. and W. 39th St in Tulsa. 

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When officers arrived, they found Maguire dead from blunt force trauma inside her home. Maguire’s car and other personal items were missing.

Maguire’s car was located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Brinlee Denison of Sapulpa, and Nicholas Johnson, of Tulsa, were in possession of the vehicle, and they were both taken into custody.

According to the preliminary report from the Fayetteville Police Department, Johnson and Denison were seen on video surveillance using the victim’s credit cards to buy food at Whataburger. They were arrested there without incident.

At this time, detectives are recommending charges of 1st Degree Murder for both Denison and Johnson. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office will decide on the official charges.

The Tulsa World reported that both Denison and Johnson were being extradited back to Tulsa on Thursday afternoon.

A follow-up report by KNWA Fox 24 in Arkansas included details from Tulsa Police report that include a statement from Johnson that he and Denison “had sex in the victim’s bed after the murder,” and that “he could still hear the victim in the living room struggling to live, while he was having sex with Denison in the bedroom.” He added that he knew Maguire was not yet deceased.

That report also states that the defendants gave “a full confession of beating the victim about the head with a crowbar, fleeing the scene by stealing the victim’s vehicle, and funding the trip with the victim’s stolen credit cards.”

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