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Suspect in Ardmore murder case traced to Arkansas

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Jack Latham is a suspect in the murder of Ardmore resident Martin Lucas. (Benton County, Arkansas, Jail) Jack Latham is a suspect in the murder of Ardmore resident Martin Lucas. (Benton County, Arkansas, Jail)
Martin Lucas was found dead at his Ardmore residence on November 15, 2019. (KTEN) Martin Lucas was found dead at his Ardmore residence on November 15, 2019. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- One week ago, Martin Lucas, 63, was  found dead in his Ardmore home. His pickup truck was missing.

This week, Ardmore police traced that truck to Springdale, Arkansas, 300 miles away.

"We did some more interviews, discovered we had a suspect that had been seen in the vehicle," said Ardmore police Capt. Eric Hamblin.

The suspect, 53-year-old Jack Latham of Ratliff, Oklahoma, had actually been jailed in Benton County, Arkansas, since Tuesday on another warrant.

Evidence found in Lucas's vehicle appears to provide a link to Latham.

"We were able to recover clothing and other items that the suspect was wearing," Hamblin said.

Investigators now want the district attorney to charge Latham with first degree murder.

"We do believe that Mr. Latham and the victim, Marty Lucas, knew each other, but we still have a long way to go as far as determining some of the facts of the case," Hamblin said.

While the investigation continues, Hamblin credits the work of his team in tracking down Latham.

"Sgt. Brice Woolly has worked his tail off, as well as the other investigators in this unit at the police department," Hamblin said. "I'm very proud."

Funeral services for Lucas were held on Thursday.

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