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Lawton man to
stand trial in
wife's death
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) A
Lawton man accused of suffocating
his wifeand burying her body in his
backyard has been ordered to stand
trial on first-degreemurder charges.
Comanche County Special Dis-
trict Court J udgeKen Harris ruled
Wednesday that there's sufficient
evidencefor David Baird, 62, to be
bound over for trial in thedeath of
his wife, ClaudineMarroquin, 36.
Lawton Police Department De-
tective Ken Parsons testified that
authorities were called to Baird's
homelast September on reports of
a foul odor. Parsons said investiga-
tors searched Baird's home using
the chemical luminol, which indi-
cates thepresenceof blood.
"We checked everything in the
living room, almost all of it with lu-
minol," Parsons testified. "The
chairs had a positive result. The
sofa had apositiveresult. Thecar-
pet had a positiveresult. Thewalls
had a positiveresult."
Detectives then moved to the
backyard of thehome, whereMar-
roquin's body was found buried in
a shallow grave. Parsons said the
body was found insideablack trash
bag, with a swimming pool liner
and old tires piled on top. An au-
topsy report released Wednesday to
The Lawton Constitution showed
Marroquin died fromasphyxiation,
likely fromtwo plastic bags placed
over her head.
The medical examiner's report
said Marroquin died a "violent
death." Thereport noted that Mar-
roquin's body did not show any ev-
idence of external injury, but said
some injuries could have been
masked becauseof decomposition.
Baird's attorney, Ronald
Williams, argued there wasn't
enough direct evidencelinking his
client to Marroquin's death. Prose-
cutors responded that blood was
found inside Baird's home, but
Williams argued "two pieces of
DNA" weren't enough.
Baird was bound over for trial on
charges of first-degreemurder, des-
ecration of a corpse, unlawful re-
moval of a body and forgery of a
certificateof titlein thedeath. The
last chargewas filed becausepros-
ecutors allege Baird sold Marro-
quin's pickup after her death and
forged her nameon thebill of sale.
An arraignment is set for J une10.
Rogers County DA
pledges to work
with officials
The district attorney of Rogers
County says she's reached out to
law enforcement officials involved
in a grand jury petition brought
against her office.
J anice Steidley made the pledge
Wednesday, a day after a multi-
county grand jury issued a 74-page
report that found no probablecause
to charge or remove her fromof-
The grand jury's report said the
allegations, including alleged wit-
ness tampering, were not criminal
in natureand didn't support an ac-
cusation for removal.
However, thereport found that an
investigation "revealed an alarming
lack of respect, civility and overall
professionalism" in the district at-
torney's relationship with Rogers
County law enforcement agencies
that has elevated tensions.
Health department
confirms hantavirus
TheOklahomaStateDepartment of
Health has confirmed the state's
first hantavirus death of 2014.
The department reported Thurs-
day that an adult in Texas County
has died due to Hantavirus Pul-
monary Syndrome, a disease car-
ried by wild rodents.
Health officials believe the vic-
tim was exposed after dust was
stirred into theair whilecleaning a
rodent-infested area.
It is the fifth hantavirus case in
Oklahoma since the disease was
first recognized in theUnited States
in 1993. Thereweretwo cases dis-
covered last year, and both of those
individuals died. All of the cases
have been in northwestern Okla-
Marland Glenn Swift II was born
J une9,1967 in Lawton, Oklahoma
to La Dema (Akeen) and Marland
Glenn "Tank" Swift I. He passed
fromthis lifeSunday, May 18, 2014
in Waurika at theageof 46.
He graduated from Riverside
High School in Anadarko wherehe
was a member of the Indian Club.
He attended college a Bacone in
Muskogee where he sang in the
choir. Hewas awild land firefighter
and a truck driver. Heand Melinda
Porterfield weremarried J anuary 8,
2012 in Waurika. Hewas a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church in
Waurika. Hewas and artist, hunter,
and an avid OU Football fan. His
favoritehobby was being oneof the
biggest fans of theLady EagleSoft-
ball Team.
He is survived by his wife
Melinda of the home, his children
Allen Stephenson of Lawrence,
Kansas, Reyna Swift, Kianah Swift
and ShaneSwift all of thehomein
Waurika, siblings - Mickey Swift,
Myron Swift, Damon Hunt, Marsha
Phillips, J ames Black, and David
Funeral servicefor Mr. Swift will
be Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:00
a.m. at the First Baptist Church in
Waurika with Robert J acobson of-
ficiating. Burial will beat 1:30 p.m.
at Rock Springs Cemetery in
Anadarko under the direction of
Dudley Funeral Homein Waurika.
Visitation will beWednesday from
2-8 p.m. and Thursday from9-8
p.m. with a wake being from6-8
p.m. with GeorgeAkeen, J r. offici-
Memorials may be made to the
First Baptist Church Youth Fund.
Condolencemessages may besent
to thefamily at www.dudleyfuner-
Pharmacist seeks
relief in court
Oklahoma pharmacist sentenced to
lifein prison for fatally shooting a
teenager who tried to rob his store
wants an appellate court to recon-
sider his appeal, saying hehad post-
traumatic stress disorder and now
remembers new details, according
to court documents filed Wednes-
J erome Ersland, 62, was con-
victed of first-degree murder and
sentenced to lifein prison with the
possibility of parole for the 2009
shooting death of a 16-year-old
Antwun Parker during an attempted
robbery. The Oklahoma Court of
Criminal Appeals affirmed thecon-
viction and sentencein 2013.
Ersland claims in thenew docu-
ments filed in Oklahoma County
District Court that heonly recently
remembered certain details of the
incident due to PTSD. He now
claims a second gun was in his
pocket, not in a drawer, and that he
believed hewas being shot at when
a fellow employee slipped and
kicked a trash can.
"After my conviction and appeal,
I was confronted by my new de-
fense counsel regarding findings
froma recreation of the robbery
conducted by him, which evidence
explained my perceptions at the
timeof therobbery and shooting,"
Ersland wrote in an affidavit.
"When confronted with this evi-
dencevindicating my beliefs, under
subsequent intensequestioning I re-
called many details of theincident
that I had not previously remem-
Theprosecutor's officedid not re-
turn a call seeking comment
Prosecutors concluded Ersland
was justified when he shot Parker
in the head, knocking himto the
ground during the May 19, 2009,
robbery attempt at the Reliable
Pharmacy in a run-down neighbor-
hood in south Oklahoma City. Ers-
land then chased asecond would-be
robber out of thestorebeforegrab-
bing a second handgun and shoot-
ing Parker, who was unconscious,
five more times in the abdomen.
Prosecutors said the additional
shots went too far, and a coroner's
report found that the latter shots
killed Parker.
In 1761, the first American life
insurance policy was issued in
Philadelphia to a Rev. Francis Alli-
son, whose premium was six
pounds per year.
Waneta Findley was born on
April 20, 1926 in Lookeba, OK to
Walter A. and Valtie G. (Murphy)
Barnes. She passed away on May
20, 2014 in Hydro, OK at theageof
Waneta grew up in the Hinton
area, graduated fromHinton High
School, and attended Mound Valley
SW of Houston. Waneta was bap-
tized at First Christian Church in
1943. She married J oseph Archie
Findley on June28, 1946 in Hinton,
OK. Shewas a waitress and cashier
for many years at Biscuit Hill. She
loved to shop, made many quilts,
crocheting, loved attending thesen-
ior citizens, played Rook, and made
baby hats for hospitals. Shealso do-
nated quilts to the senior citizens
center for fundraisers as well as
baked for many people; a specialty
of hers was Banana & Squash
Survivors Include: her children,
J udy Opitz and husband Walter
Paul of Ft. Cobb, OK and Garry
Findley and wife Deborah of Hin-
ton, OK, her grandchildren, Traye
Opitz and wifeBecky of Ft. Cobb,
OK, J erod Findley of Hydro, OK,
and J essica Brock and husband
Kyleof OKC, OK, her great grand-
children, Stephen Opitz of Ft.
Cobb, AdamOpitz of Ft. Cobb, and
Britney Hedrick of Binger, OK, as
well as many other relatives and
Shewas preceded in death by her
parents, Walter and Valtie Barnes,
Archie Findley, and her siblings,
Billy Barnes and LenoreCarney.
Death Notice
BERT, 65, of Orland, Calif., a for-
mer Anadarko resident, passed
away Sunday, May 18 in Orland.
Services will beheld Sunday, J une
1 in Orland. Services in Oklahoma
Man killed after
Authorities say a 51-year-old Okla-
homa man has died after his riding
lawnmower struck a culvert and
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol
says the incident happened
Wednesday night near Smithvillein
McCurtain County. According to a
preliminary report, Mark Baggs of
Battiest was mowing with a J ohn
Deere tractor when the vehicle
struck a roadsideculvert and over-
Authorities say thetractor landed
on top of Baggs, pinning himbe-
neath. Hewas pronounced dead at
Woman sentenced
to 27 years for
child porn
47-year-old Burns Flat woman has
been sentenced to 27 years in prison
for producing child pornography.
A federal judgehanded down the
sentenceWednesday to Laura J ean
Shoulders. U.S. Attorney Sanford
Coats says Shoulders will haveno
possibility of parole and will have
to register as a sex offender upon
her release.
Court records indicateShoulders
met an Oklahoma man online in
2012. The two began texting each
other about sexually explicit themes
and exchanged sexually explicit
Theconversations turned to child
pornography, and Shoulders sent
theman threevideos of herself per-
forming sex acts with a one-year-
old child she was babysitting. The
videos were distributed to others
Shoulders pleaded guilty in Feb-
ruary 2013. Her attorney, Brooke
Tebow, did not immediately return
a telephonecall seeking comment.
David Glenn Bascus 65 of Ver-
den, Oklahoma passed away on
May 20, 2014 at theVeterans Hos-
pital in Oklahoma City.
There will be no service at this
He was born on September 21,
1948 in Lawton to Paul Bascus and
Geraldine Stroud. He loved being
outdoors fishing, traveling, playing
with his grandchildren and being
with his family. Hewas a member
of theComancheNation. Hewas in
the United States Army fromSep-
tember 24, 1965 to September 23,
1968. Hereceived theNational De-
fense Service Medal, Vietnam
ServiceMedal, VietnamCampaign
Medal with 2 O/S Bars whilein the
David is survived by his wifeof
thehome, BrendaBascus; children:
Cindi Adkins and husband J ohn of
Verden, J amie Firebaugh and hus-
band Eric Firebaugh of Chickasha,
and David Bascus of the home;
grandchildren: Annika, Mason,
Sean, Kaylee, Blane; three sisters:
Linda and husband Daniel Ray of
OKC, Debbie and husband J im
Boyce of Newcastle, OK and Vir-
giniaGodwin of McCloud, OK; nu-
merous nieces, nephews, cousins
and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his
parents: Paul Bascus and Geraldine
Stroud; brother: Paul Louis Bascus.
Device explodes
in Oklahoma
DA's mailbox
TheU.S. Postal Serviceis investi-
gating after an explosive device
placed in themailbox of theRogers
County district attorney detonated.
A spokeswoman for District At-
torney J aniceSteidley says no one
was injured in Tuesday's blast,
which was strong enough to blow
thedoor off themailbox.
Spokeswoman Michelle Lowry
says Steidley was not home when
theexplosion occurred. Lowry did-
n't have details on the type of de-
Theincident camethesameday
Steidley was cleared by a multi-
county grand jury of accusations
brought by local law enforcement
officials alleging wrongdoing, in-
cluding alleged witness tampering.
Lowry says it's unclear if the two
events arerelated.
Lowry says authorities may have
video froma neighbor's security
systemof who might have placed
thedevicein themailbox.
Ex-Rainbow Fleet
executive enters
no-contest plea
Theformer executivedirector of an
OklahomaCity-based child careor-
ganization has pleaded no contest to
onecount of embezzlement.
Oklahoma Attorney General
Scott Pruitt's office says the plea
was entered Wednesday by 62-
year-old WayneRoyceJ unghanns.
J unghanns received a 10-year de-
ferred sentenceand was ordered to
pay $26,723 in restitution. A no
contest plea has thesameeffect as
aguilty pleabut is not an admission
of guilt.
J unghanns was charged with
fraudulently submitting reimburse-
ment claims to thenonprofit Rain-
bow Fleet, Inc. Prosecutors say the
child care resource and referral
company discovered the falsified
requests and alerted the attorney
J unghanns also allegedly submit-
ted a falsified computer generated
document, claiming that he had
purchased $933 in items fromthe
National Association for Family
Child Care.
In 1968, the nuclear-powered
submarine USS Scorpion, with 99
men aboard, sank in the Atlantic
Ocean. (The remains of the sub
werelater found on theocean floor
400 miles southwest of theAzores.)
Booked in city jail
TheAnadarko Municipal J ail had
a new booking recently.
Billy L. Williams, 56, of
Anadarko was booked for public
intoxication. He was arrested
around 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, May 20
after Patrolman Preston Allen was
sent to the north alley of the 300
block of East Central concerning an
intoxicated person on theground.
Man assaulted
on East Central
Sgt. Charles Pendarvis was dis-
patched to the 100 block of East
Central around 8:10 a.m. Tuesday,
May 20 concerning a person being
assaulted. He found Billy L.
Williams, 56, of Andarko on the
ground with blood on his faceand
person. Williams said he had been
assaulted by a 36-year-old Anadar -
ko man. Anadarko EMS was called
to the scene and Williams was
transported to theAnadarko hospi-
tal for treatment of his injuries.
Sgt. Pendarvis spoke with the
suspect, who said heand Williams
wereplaying around and Williams
hit himin theface. Thesuspect said
he then went to town on
Williams, hitting himfour or five
No arrests weremade.
License plate missing
Around 4:01 p.m. Tuesday, May
20, Patrolman Shannon Lyon spoke
with ClariceCagg in the200 block
of West Central. Cagg said thetag
had been taken off her 2003 Pontiac
Montana, but she was not sure
when theloss occurred. Thetag was
valued at $270.
Home burglarized
On Tuesday, May 20, about 4:53
p.m., Sgt. Charles Pendarvis was
sent to the200 block of East Wash-
ington to take a burglary report.
Clifford Gaines said a window on
his househad been broken out, and
a jar of change and a box of cos-
tumejewelry had been taken. Loss
was estimated at $235.
Gaines gave the name of a sus-
pect who he said had broken into
Arrested on warrants
Patrolman Preston Allen was dis-
patched around 2:21 a.m. Wednes-
day, May 21 to the 300 block of
East Louisiana on a domestic dis-
pute. He spoke with Laquinta
Beaver, 53, of Anadarko who said
she and her daughter had been
fighting prior to Officer Allens ar-
rival, but everything was okay now.
Policedispatch informed Officer
Allen that Beaver had two outstand-
ing warrants through Caddo
County, one for driving under the
influenceof alcohol in a 2012 case,
and theother for speeding in a con-
struction zonefrom2013. Shewas
arrested and transported to the
Caddo County Detention Center for
booking on thetraffic warrant and
failureto pay $1,669.50.
Fire/EMS reports
Tuesday, May 20 One unit
dispatched at 8:13 a.m. for medical
transport fromthe300 block of East
Central to Physicians Hospital in
Anadarko emergency room; one
unit sent at 10:15 a.m. for medical
transport from 32000 block
CS2670 to PHA ER, and one unit
dispatched at 5:59 p.m. for medical
transport from 36000 block
CR2615 to PHA ER
Wednesday, May 21 Oneunit
sent at 2:02 a.m. for lift assistance
in 1300 block Oxford Way, patient
refused treatment
Caddo County
Sheriffs reports
Information provided to The Anadarko Daily News
from sheriffs office booking sheets and reports
Booked in county jail
Oneperson was booked into the
Caddo County Detention Center re-
cently, bringing thetotal jail popu-
lation to 81. Therewere71 men and
ninewomen incarcerated with one
femalehoused elsewhereas of 6:51
a.m. Wednesday, May 21.
J ames K. Boles, 41, of Carnegie
was booked for grand larceny. He
was arrested Wednesday in
Carnegieby Officer Will Miller.
Oklahoma court
rejects death row
inmate's appeal
Oklahoma appeals court has re-
jected a death row inmate's request
to raisenew issues to challengehis
death sentence.
ThestateCourt of Criminal Ap-
peals handed down the decision
Wednesday in thecaseof 40-year-
old Raymond EugeneJ ohnson.
J ohnson was convicted of two
counts of first-degree murder and
sentenced to death by a Tulsa
County jury in theJune2007 deaths
of 24-year-old Brooke Whitaker
and her 7-month-old daughter, Kya
The appeals court upheld J ohn-
son's conviction and death sentence
in 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court
refused to hear Johnson's appeal the
In the latest filing, the appeals
court rejected J ohnson's request for
a hearing on allegations that his
previous attorneys havebeen inef-
His attorney, Beverly Atteberry,
did not immediately return a tele-
phonecall seeking comment.
Today in History
In 1981 "YorkshireRipper" Peter
Sutcliffewas convicted in London
of murdering 13 women and was
sentenced to lifein prison.
In 1992, after a reign lasting
nearly 30 years, J ohnny Carson
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thelast time.
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