Police: Man Confesses To Tahlequah Murder

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 9:30 am
By: News On 6


TAHLEQUAH, OK -- A 36-year old Muskogee man has been arrested in connection with a strangulation death.

Tahlequah Police say they initially arrested Bryan Luethje on an outstanding warrant. While being questioned, Luethje told detectives that he had choked 43-year-old Jess Nofire Jr. during a drunken argument.

Nofire's body was found in the cellar of a vacant Tahlequah house.

The state Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide Tuesday afternoon.

Luethje is being held in the Cherokee County jail on a second-degree murder complaint.

His bond is set at $250,000.