Damon Anderson Waives Extradiction Back to Oklahoma

Monday, June 19th 2006, 12:56 pm
By: News On 6

Montana law enforcement arrest a fugitive connected to an Oklahoma murder that's stumped investigators for 36 years.

Wealthy Osage County rancher EC Mullendore was gunned down in his rural home west of Copan in 1970. His right-hand man was the only one to witness the crime. Now he could be the key to unlocking this cold case.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood says Damon "Chubb" Anderson was arrested in Montana. He has outstanding warrants Kansas and Oklahoma, and sheriff's deputies are on their way to Montana to bring him back to Bartlesville.

Anderson has been running from the law since 1990. He was the bodyguard for EC Mullendore, when Mullendore was killed 36 years ago. Anderson was shot in the incident, but survived.

The Mullendore murder captured the country's attention when it happened. A Wall Street Journal reporter covering the case even wrote a book about it.

Chubb Anderson has been considered a person of interest in Mullendore's death. In 1970, he told authorities two men barged into Mullendore's home and shot his boss in the head. Detectives say the evidence on the scene didn't agree, and Anderson was thought to be a suspect in the murder. Anderson was never charged.

Anderson is now wanted on drug charges.

Anderson is getting older, and investigators hope he'll finally share his secrets about what happened to EC Mullendore.

Chubb Anderson should be in the Washington County jail in Bartlesville by Tuesday evening.