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Comanche County man found not guilty of murder

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COMANCHE COUNTY, OK (KSWO)- Following seven hours of deliberation and a day and a half of testimony, a Comanche County jury found Marquise Rasco not guilty of first-degree murder.

Rasco was accused of shooting a Lawton resident Karl Huffmaster to death, and wounding the man's wife, Kelley Huffmaster in a home invasion in April of last year.  The jury took the case Wednesday afternoon, and later emerged with a not guilty verdict. Rasco and his family burst into tears.

Prior to reaching their decision, Rasco took the stand, telling jury members his side of the story.


Rasco said April 28, 2015 was just a regular day. He woke up around noon, went to a friend's house and watched television and headed back to his apartment around 2:00 p.m. so he could pick his daughter up from school at 2:45 p.m. The crime happened around 2:30 p.m.  Rasco said he went home after he picked his daughter up and never left the house again that day.


In cross examination, the state asked Rasco if he had rehearsed his story, saying he rushed through it quickly. Rasco said when you know the truth you don't need to rehearse.


The state then focused heavily on a hoodie found just a few blocks from the crime scene. That hoodie had Rasco's skin cells on it, as well as the victim's blood, and is a key piece of evidence linking Rasco to the crime. He said he did own the hoodie but that he and his friends often lent clothes to one another and he had given it away before the crime.


Rasco was the last witness of the day. In closing statements, prosecutors walked through their timeline of the day and told the jury they believed there was no way the hoodie could have Rasco's DNA and the victim’s blood on it without Rasco being the one who committed the murder.


In closing arguments, the defense focused on what they believed were inconsistencies. The defense talked about the hesitance witness Kelley Huffmaster made when asked to   choose Rasco from a lineup. The defense also admitted the hoodie in question belonged to Rasco, but claimed he had given it away before the crime was committed.

The state wrapped things up by holding that hoodie up to the jury and asking them to trust in the DNA evidence. 

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