Stabbing probe complete, likely self defense

Tim Hudson |

Osage County officials said an investigation into reports of a Aug. 14 stabbing has been completed, and indications are the incident may have been self-defense.

It was reported last week week that 22-year-old Dalton Mooney, a party involved in the incident believed to have committed the stabbing, was under investigation by Osage County authorities. Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said the investigation is now complete and has been turned over to the Osage County District Attorney’s Office.

“It looks like it may have been self-defense but the DA will have final say,” Virden said Aug. 18.

Michael Joseph Martinez, 27, of Pawhuska and Marvin Lee Clark III , 20, of Wynona, appeared before a Washington County Judge Tuesday after their Monday arrest on charges of first-degree burglary/forced entry from the same incident.

According to the case’s probable cause affidavit, police contend that the two men’s portion of the incident occurred at the home of Mooney in the northwest Bartlesville at 7:22 a.m.

At that time, police said Martinez and Clark “forced entry into the victim’s residence … while the victim was sleeping in bed.”

Mooney told police that “Clark then struck him in the mouth with a wooden ax handle” and that one of the pair had a “chrome revolver-style pistol.” Mooney reportedly began to argue with the two and forced them from the house.

Mooney seized the opportunity to escape and ran to a nearby house.

Police said Martinez and Clark then “stole an Xbox One and (a) PlayStation 4.”

According to BPD Capt. Jay Hastings, local police involvement in the case happened around 8 a.m. Aug. 14, when they got a call of a male subject showing up at the local hospital emergency room with several stab wounds.

“When officers arrived at the hospital, they discovered there were two male subjects with injuries. The injuries were not life threatening and both were released from the hospital,” he said Monday. “When questioned by police, the two subjects stories as to what happened did not match.”

Hastings said officers later determined that the incident started at the northwest Bartlesville residence.

When interviewed by police, Mooney told police that the two men had forced their way into his trailer and that they later left the area driving a red car and he chased after them in his car. Hastings said Mooney claimed to have chased the red car out to a rural area of Osage County where he rammed their vehicle causing it to crash. Mooney further claimed that a second fight broke out at that location and he stabbed one of the men with a pocket knife.

Mooney reportedly took officers into Osage County to County Road 2145, south of U.S. Highway 60, and police found the red car.

Bail was set in the case at $60,000 for Martinez, and $50,000 for Clark.