A 22-year-old Muldrow man is facing a second-degree murder charge in relation to the death of an eight-year-old boy in early February. Brandon Allen Martin was charged Feb. 25 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw. Martin is accused of using an explosive known as Tannerite for target practice. He allegedly loaded the substance in a cooking stove outside the home in the Liberty area north of Muldrow, then shot the substance with a high-powered rifle. The child, Jonathan Phelan, and his step-father were reportedly too close to the explosion and were stuck with shrapnel. The boy suffered head injuries and was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital. He died there the following day. Martin's next court appearance is on March 25 when his case is on Judge Kyle Water's disposition docket.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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