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Lawton Murder Case Going To Trial

A Comanche County judge declares there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial of a Lawton man accused of killing his wife.
A Comanche County judge declares there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial of a Lawton man accused of killing his wife.

David Lee Baird is charged with first degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, unlawful desecration of a dead body as well as forging certificate of title and obtaining food stamps by fraud. 

Lawton Police Detective Ken Parsons testified that on Sept. 11 of last year, he went out to a home in the 1700 block of Northwest Irwin because of a suspicious odor.

Parsons says a few days earlier, he had received a missing persons report Baird's wife, Claudine Marroquin, who lived at the home. 

He says Baird gave them permission to search the home for Marroquin but they didn't find anything.

He says he did notice what looked like blood splatter on a kitchen wall.

Parsons says Baird said Marroquin was out of the country and didn't know when or if she was coming back. 

Parson says police got a search warrant to further search the home and found the smell coming from a black plastic bag found buried under a collapsed pool in the backyard.

He says after slicing the black plastic open, they could see legs and hands bound with an electrical cord.

Parsons says the body was badly decomposed but was identified as Marroquin through tattoos and Baird was arrested at a nearby motel.

A date for the start of the trial has not been set.

Baird remains the Comanche County Jail.

His bond is set at $1 million. 
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