A man who allegedly strangled his fishing buddy to death has blamed his pal for 'summoning Bigfoot to kill me'.
Larry Sanders, 53, was fishing with Jimmy Knighten on Saturday (July 9) in Ada, Oklahoma, US, when "a confrontation ensued", Sanders told police.
The pair were noodling, which involves catching fish with their bare hands.
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According to Fox23, when police responded to a 911 call later that day they found Sanders confessing to a relative that he had killed Knighten.
Then he told police about Bigfoot's involvement in a bizarre turn of events.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian told KTEN: "He [Sanders] appeared to be under the influence of something.
"So, his statement was that Mr Knighten had summoned ‘Bigfoot’ to come and kill him, and that’s why he had to kill Mr Knighten."
Police arrested Sanders on the Saturday on an outstanding warrant charge. They charged him with first-degree murder on the Sunday (July 10) when the body was found.
Despite the confession, police are still investigating Sanders' account and the circumstances around the death.
“It always makes it easier,” Sheriff Christian explained.
“You still have to prove all the elements of the crime, and what the suspect is telling you, you have to prove that that’s actually what happened.”
Sanders is currently being held at the Pontotoc County Jail.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is now set to conduct an autopsy on Knighten's body to determine whether the cause of death is consistent with Sanders' "striking and strangling" account.
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If found guilty Sanders could face the death penalty.
First-degree murder in Oklahoma is "generally associated with malice aforethought" meaning it is "deliberately and with the unlawful intent to kill", according to FindLaw.
However, "in Oklahoma a killing done without malice aforethought may also qualify as first-degree murder if the killing took place under certain specific circumstances", the website adds.
These specific circumstances include felony murder (killing during the commission of another crime) and soliciting a killing.
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