Police arrest suspect in recent homicide

Police arrest suspect in recent homicide

LAWTON, Okla._Lawton Police have made an arrest in the city's most recent homicide.

Marquise Rasco is suspected in the killing of Karl Huffmaster in his own home in April. Investigators say Rasco kicked in the door and demanded money from Huffmaster and his wife, Kelly, then shot both, killing Karl. Rasco has yet to be charged in the case.

Investigators had him as a suspect early on, but they didn't have enough evidence to charge him right away. In May, they filed a warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor on a separate case. Twenty days after that warrant was issued, he was arrested in Mississippi. Investigators now say they have enough to charge him with first-degree murder.

Captain Craig Akard of the Lawton Police Department says Kelly Huffmaster was able to identify Rasco shortly after the murder, but it still wasn't enough to arrest him for the killing.

"There was some other things. We were waiting on lab results to come back," said Akard.

Monday, Akard says lab results came back on evidence that linked Rasco directly to the murder. However, he wouldn't comment on exactly what type of evidence it was. Once they got the evidence, they brought Rasco over from the Comanche County Jail for questioning.

"We attempted to talk the individual that we arrested, but he wanted an attorney, which is his right," explained Akard.

So, now they can only go with what Kelly says happened that April evening.

"What is being put on the affidavit is her story, the door was kicked in and he came in demanding money and Mr. Huffmaster got shot. I believe she grabbed for the gun and she was shot in the hand at that time," Akard explained.

As we reported then, Kelly was arrested for drug charges. Akard would not comment on whether she or anyone else is being looked at as a suspect in the murder.

"Unfortunately, one crime led to the discovery of another one. Right now that's what she is in jail for, the narcotics. She's not in jail for anything on the homicide, anything related to the homicide," said Akard.

Akard says they don't know what Rasco was doing in Mississippi or what led to his arrest there. As for his charges he could be facing, Akard says they are presenting their case to the district attorney either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.