|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Public Information Director
03/07/13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arrest Made in Beckham County Cold Case
Last night, agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested a homicide suspect in a nearly five-year-old case from Beckman County. Armed with a first degree murder warrant, agents traveled to Amarillo, Texas, and arrested Gordon Myson Splinter, II (d.o.b. 08/01/1977). Splinter is accused of killing 35-year-old Michael Smith April 29, 2008, outside Smith’s home at 400 East Plum in Erick.
The Beckham County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI assistance with the case. Agents worked with deputies for months until it became cold. Approximately a year ago during an annual review of the case, agents identified new leads. Those leads helped establish probable cause for an arrest.
The OSBI investigation revealed numerous people who identified Splinter as being in the area and running from the area where Smith was shot in the chest. Smith died at the Sayre Memorial Hospital. The weapon used was a 270 caliber rifle. A projectile from a 270 caliber rifle was found at the crime scene as well as inside Splinter’s home.
With the assistance of Texas Rangers, Splinter was arrested without incident at his Amarillo home, 3706 S. Harrison, Wednesday evening. He was booked into the Randall County Jail and will be extradited to Beckham County to face the murder charge.
Splinter's mugshot is included in this release.