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Lawton police investigate 5th homicide

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LAWTON, Okla_ The suspicious death of a 23-year-old Lawton man is now being investigated as Lawton's fifth homicide of the year.

Police were called to an apartment at NW 19th Street and Hoover just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday on a report of a man who had slipped and fallen on the ice.

However, once the victim got to the hospital, it became apparent that his injuries did not match up to those of someone who'd fallen.

The victim, James "Jimmy" Kemp later died at the hospital.

Investigators remained at the scene throughout the day Thursday, but details remain scarce about what led up to the victim's death and the motive for the crime.

It's a 911 call that people would expect to hear on a day with snow and ice, a man who slipped and fell on the ice.

The call came in just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The caller said the victim wasn't breathing and was bleeding. And to onlookers, he appeared unresponsive. But it didn't take long for investigators to determine there was more to this incident.

They quickly returned taping off the two crime scenes just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Crime scene investigators combed the area Thursday, looking into the roles that each element could have played. From the vacant apartment he was found in front of, to a truck parked in front of the apartments, to something found on the ground around the corner from where his body was lying.

But as of Thursday night, all that we know is that a family lost a son and brother.

If you have any information pertaining to this homicide, Lawton Police encourage you to call Crimestoppers at 355-INFO.

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