Drumright man facing murder charges after 2019 Thanksgiving crash


The Drumright man accused of causing a double-fatality accident the day before Thanksgiving, 2019, will face two counts of first degree murder on the order of Payne County District Judge Katherine Thomas.

Tommy Leroy McClendon, 24, was bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing last week. He is scheduled to be arraigned before District Judge Phillip Corley June 26.

McClendon, who was driving a stolen 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup, on a revoked drivers license, attempted to flee from Yale Police Chief Phillip Kelly after Kelly spotted him driving northbound on Norfolk Road near Yale.

Police say that when Kelly turned on his lights and sirens, McClendon accelerated to a high rate of speed.

McClendon drove the truck through the stop sign at SH 51 and Norfolk Road and collided with a 2019 Honda Passport that was traveling west on SH 51.

Both the truck and the Honda rolled several times.

Two passengers in the Honda, Floyd Margason, Jr., 77, of Stillwater and Shelayna Renea Knott, 28, of Orlando, Oklahoma, died at the scene. The driver of the Honda and a four-year-old passenger were transported to area hospitals.

A passenger in McClendon’s truck, Elexis Taber, 18, was ejected from the truck and was flown St. Francic Hospital in Tulsa.

Police say that McClendon, who was not injured, fled the scene on foot and tried to hide in a wooded area, where he was apprehended later that afternoon.

McClendon remains in jail without bail while he awaits trial. Court documents list a total of 38 witnesses against McClendon ranging from members of the Payne County Sheriff’s Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Stillwater Police Department, Yale Police Department, Cushing Police Department, Cushing Fire Department’s EMS and other officials.

McClendon is not unknown to law enforcement.

Three months prior to the Thanksgiving tragedy McClendon was found guilty of violating the terms of a probation agreement from 2018 related to felony attempting to elude Cushing police while driving a 2006 Dodge with an expired license tag, on a suspended license, on April Fool’s Day of 2018, for which he was given a 180-day jail term with credit for the time he had already served.

At the time of the crash, McClendon was serving probation after being found guilty of felony possession of a stolen 2012 Dodge truck in Cushing on Jan. 4, 2018.