Two arrests have been made related to the murder of a former Henryetta resident.
According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Randall McClendon, 52, and Homer ‘Shane’ Trout, 46, were arrested by OSBI agents on May 3, 2022.
The charges stem from the murder of Phillip Clifton, 54. Both face multiple charges related to the murder of Clifton.
A homeowner discovered Clifton’s body in the Washita River April 22, 2022. The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office contacted the OSBI and an agent met deputies at the scene. They found a man’s body wrapped in plastic, a blanket and fencing. The unidentified body had gunshot wounds.
Three days later the victim was identified as Clifton who had been reported missing from Roland, April 4, 2022. He was last seen by his girlfriend leaving Roland in a Dodge pickup. That same pickup was found on fire in Oklahoma City April 7, 2022.
The investigation led to Trout, whom Clifton knew and had been staying with in the Oklahoma City metro area. Trout is accused of shooting Clifton at Trout’s residence in the 6900 block of Kliener in Wheatland April 4, 2022.
OSBI investigators say on April 6, 2022, Trout asked McClendon to help dispose of Clifton’s body. McClendon then drove Clifton’s body to Lindsay and rolled him into the river.
Trout is facing the following charges: Second Degree Murder, Felon Possession of a Firearm, Desecration of a Human Corpse, Conspiracy and Pattern of Criminal Offense
McClendon is charged with: Desecration of a Human Corpse, Accessory to a Felony, Conspiracy and Pattern of Criminal Offense
Both are currently in the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
Agents believe others were involved in the burning of Clifton’s pickup and coverup of the murder. Anyone with information should contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can remain anonymous.