Arson and desecration of a corpse charges dismissed in fatal McCord house fire case

May 24, 2024 | Courts|Featured

PAWHUSKA — The arson and desecration of a corpse charges filed against Michael Ray Porter in Osage County District Court have been dismissed with out prejudice.

Porter was arrested by Osage County authorities on Sept. 15, 2023 following a house fire at 185 north McCord Road.

Authorities report finding a body inside the rubble that was identified by the State Medical Examiner on March 15, 2024 as Douglas Dean Tedrow. (see story)

Osage County deputies report in the affidavit that upon arrival at the fire, Porter was found outside the home spraying the fire with a garden hose. He was reportedly heard saying that he had thrown a jug of gasoline into the house. 

Porter was transported to the hospital in Ponca City for treatment.

He fled the hospital on foot and was captured by Ponca City police after damaging a door to the hospital and running through near by neighborhoods. (see story)

The State Fire Marshall’s office requested an accelerant detection canine to the scene. Officials report that the dog alerted inside and outside the residence for the presence of an accelerant near the fire. 

Two empty gas cans were found in the front yard of the residence.

The motion to dismiss the case, pending further investigation, was filed on May 16.

On May 21, Judge Cindy A. Pickerel dismissed the case.

Porter did enter guilty pleas on charges of assault and battery on a corrections officer and a prisoner placing body fluid on a government employee.

He was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections.

A warrant remains issued for Porter in Kay County where he faces five charges including attempted robbery and escape from arrest.

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To view Tedrow’s obituary click here