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Investigator: Daniel Was Not Always Primary Suspect in Murder

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ALTUS Okla_ The lead investigator in the Manuel Daniel, Jr. murder trial testified Friday that police had suspected somebody else of killing Melissa Bost at one time.

Investigators now say Daniel killed Bost in February of 2012, after she brought crack cocaine to his house.

Friday, the defense questioned Perkins about another suspect in Bost's death. They said he was the man was known to be Bost's drug supplier who went by the street name "Cut", and he had given her crack without her paying him for it for her to sell the day she was murdered. Detective Perkins said they questioned Cut and obtained a search warrant for his home but didn't find any evidence that a crime had been committed.

At the time he was being questioned, detectives realized he had unrelated warrants, and he was arrested on those charges. After Cut was in jail, his cellmate came forward, saying Cut had allegedly confessed to killing Bost. A woman that was in jail for public intoxication also told police she thought Cut had killed Bost, because she was going to snitch on him if he didn't continue supplying her with drugs. The woman also said she heard Cut say he was going to "Put her to blast".

The defense asked Perkins if it was a plausible scenario that Cut killed Bost because he fronted her $600 worth of drugs and because he was scared of her snitching on him. Perkins said they never found any evidence to support that Cut was involved with Bost's murder.

The state called Detective Rusty Williams to the stand to testify about what appeared to be blood in the defendant's home. He testified that when Luminol was sprayed on surfaces in his home, it reacted throughout the house. Samples of the areas that reacted were then taken to the OSBI lab to be tested. The defense cross examined Williams, asking if several items, including the vacuum, carpet and wood flooring tested positive for blood once at OSBI. He said they did not, so they were not analyzed further. The fingernails found in the vacuum did, so they were further analyzed.

The final two witnesses of the day were both law enforcement officers that were involved in a traffic stop where the defendant and Bost were both in the car. Testimony ended before 4PM Friday, and the court will be in recess until Monday morning.

 

 

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