It’s been four years since Robert Guenther was brutally murdered outside of Muskogee, and prosecutors are re-filing murder charges against three men.
However, for family friend Stacey Murphy reopening the case means reopening old wounds. “It’s just opening up old wounds, I thought this was done and over with but it’s not,” Muphy said.
Stacey Murphy said she has gone through years of heartache and tears ever since she witnessed her friend Robert Guenther get into a car and never return. The next thing she knew he was dead.
"It’s really sad one human being would take another human beings life for no reason at all,” said Murphy, “it's just overall sad I hate that it happened to him."
Now Murphy and others are reminded of his death after murder charges were re-filed against three men: Benrick Carter, Thristian Hunter and Mark Logan. Court documents said the men kidnapped Guenther, held him at gun point, and drove him to a county road where they shot him several times and left him for dead.
Thristian Hunter pleaded guilty in 2017 to kidnapping and conspiracy and was sentenced to 20 years.
Carter also pleaded guilty this past March and was sentenced to 10 years.
We spoke to Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier has having fresh eyes in the case was key. “That's one of the things that helped is there was some new blood that came in and got to look at it with a fresh set of eyes,” said Frazier. “That's what we contribute to being able to interview some of these people again, and get more pertinent information out which led to the charges.”
The Muskogee County District Attorney would not speak on camera about his reasons to re-file, but said his office plans to take Logan to court in January.
Murphy hopes this time around justice prevails.
“No one has the right to take someone else's life period,” he said.
The sheriff said he hopes this case inspires others to come forward with any more information about this case.