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Thomas Maxwell Hensley

Thomas Maxwell Hensley

Male 1917 - 1987  (69 years)

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  • Name Thomas Maxwell Hensley 
    Born 7 Sep 1917  Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1987  Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lone Elm Cemetery, Claremore, Rogers, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6527  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2018 

    Father Warren Hensley,   b. 2 Oct 1878, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1957, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Serena E. Brown,   b. 29 Sep 1887, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1981, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1904  Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Unknown Riley,   b. Abt 1907 
    Married Type: Unmarried 
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F3325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Claremore Area Man Was Slain Published: Fri, February 6, 1987 12:00 AM 0 shares email CLAREMORE (AP) A man whose body was found outside his rural home southwest of Claremore Wednesday was shot to death. Thomas Maxwell Hensley, 69, died from a gunshot wound to the neck, the Tulsa state medical examiner's office reported Thursday. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Hensley, a retired man living alone, was found by two neighbors. It was the second killing within a year in the rural area known as Keetonville.

      Claremore Man Acquitted of Robbery-Murder ROBBY TRAMMELL Published: Sat, May 21, 1988 12:00 AM 0 shares email CLAREMORE A Rogers County District Court jury Friday found woodcutter Alan Roy Ellis innocent of first-degree murder. Ellis, 26, of Claremore was accused of the Feb. 3, 1987, slaying of Thomas Maxwell Hensley, 73. "It was the longest murder case I've ever been involved in," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Abitbol said. "We put everything on (in evidence) we had. "I'm satisfied with the job we did. Once it goes to the jury, it's their baby." The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated seven hours Thursday and more than an hour Friday before acquitting Ellis. Ellis and a neighbor found Hensley's body behind a 10-by-10-foot rock corn crib the victim lived in near Keetonville Hill. He had been shot once in the back of the neck. Prosecutors claimed Ellis killed Hensley, who received about $700 monthly in Social Security and veterans benefits, and robbed him of some $400 and a .22-caliber Ruger pistol. But defense attorneys, during cross-examination of witnesses in the seven-day trial, showed many people had access to Hensley. Defense attorney Bill Higgins said Hensley had no money to steal. Tippah County, Miss., deputies found Hensley's Ruger in Ellis' possession while investigating a mid-February 1987 shooting incident involving Ellis. Ellis was in Mississippi visiting his daughter and estranged wife. Prosecution testimony showed Ellis did not have money for the trip until after Hensley's death. Testifying in his own defense Thursday, Ellis described Hensley as a close friend and denied killing him. Ellis admitted he falsified a receipt showing he purchased the Ruger at a gun show, but said he did so to "stay out of jail." He testified he found the pistol in a shed on Hensley's property a few days after the killing. But, lawmen said they had earlier searched the shed thoroughly. Hensley was a heavy drinker with a history of being beaten and robbed, former Deputy Sheriff Don James said. Gary L. Hart, a convicted felon and Ellis' former cellmate, testified Ellis claimed he shot Hensley with a homemade gun. A FBI firearms specialist said the .38-caliber lead bullet taken from Hensley's head had been fired from a homemade gun. But another prisoner, Larry Wright, testified that Hart asked him to corroborate his statement about Ellis' alleged confession in hopes of getting lighter sentences.

      Tom was murdered and his killer has never been found. Tom had a son out of wedlock, who assumed his mother's name...Mike Riley.