Alleged suicide by knife now becomes murder charge in old Electra case reopened by Texas Ranger

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UPDATE: January 20, 2021 11:55 p.m.

A fresh look at what was alleged to be a suicide by knife just over six years ago in Electra has put a man behind bars on a murder charge.

Mike Linn Cooper, 58, was jailed Tuesday on a $1 million bond.

The arrest came after a Texas Ranger interviewed Cooper on Monday and pointed out inconsistencies in his story with the evidence at the scene, and Cooper then made a new statement of what happened.

On December 10, 2014, Electra police said Cooper called for help and said his roommate, 58-year-old Joey Samples, had stabbed himself in the chest with a kitchen knife at their home on East Wichita street.

The autopsy showed the knife had penetrated his heart, but the wound track was more left to right than front to rear. Cooper said they had been arguing after he asked Samples not to slam the door. He said he shoved Samples, and Samples began to load articles in his car to leave their home, then went into the kitchen, grabbed a large knife, and stabbed himself.

After being confronted with inconsistencies in the new interview with Cooper on Monday, the Texas Ranger said Cooper admitted he had been angry with his roommate for multiple reasons.

He still maintained that Samples grabbed the knife and plunged it into his chest, but said because he was angry, he then pushed the knife farther into Samples’ chest, and further stated he believed that Samples had “asked for it by his actions.”

Cooper has previous arrests in Wichita County, but mostly for minor offenses. Records show he obtained a protective order in 2007 against his brother he said was threatening him and his ex-roommate, and had set off three bottle bombs outside his windows, slashed tires, and painted pink obscene images on the ex-roommate’s roof.


ELECTRA (KFDX/KJTL)— A Texas Rangers investigation into the 2014 death of Joey Samples has led to the arrest of an Electra man.

According to DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing, Texas Rangers got an arrest warrant Tuesday for 58-year-old Mike Linn Cooper.

Sgt. Buesing added the homicide happened in Electra.

Cooper is charged with murder and his bond is set at $1 million.

The Texas Rangers are leading this investigation and details that led to Cooper’s arrest are unknown at this time.

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates on this investigation.

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