Arty Allen Farris, who will be 20 years old on April 29, was charged with first degree murder Tuesday. The charges were filed at about 2 p.m. in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw. Farris is accused in the death of Jason Stone, 22, of Sallisaw. Stone's body was found in Farris' burning home in Marble City on April 4, and his body sent to the Oklahoma medical examiner. Farris was arrested for the death on April 5, and released last week on a $25,000 bond. According to court records, Farris told investigators that he, Stone and two others were drinking beer and whiskey on the night and morning of April 4 and 5. He said Stone bullied him, called him names, and hit him in the lip. That's when Farris said he got his .243 rifle, loaded it with one bullet, and shot Stone. According to the charges, Stone died of smoke inhalation after Farris poured gasoline around the living room and bedroom of his home and set it on fire. The case was investigated by the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department, the state fire marshal and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Stay tuned to KXMX for the latest news, or visit www.kxmx.com.
By Sally Maxwell
Senior News Director