Man now faces 1st degree murder charge in carjacking case
Police are still attempting to locate a person who may have information regarding a carjacking and assault that took place on July 28 at approximately 8:30 a.m. here in Oklahoma City. The victim recently died from injuries sustained during the incident. A man that police believe was involved now faces an additional charge of murder in the first-degree in light of the victim’s death.
According to police, the incident began somewhere around 500 North Rockwell. The 66-year-old victim was found close to the intersection of Peniel Avenue and Melrose Lane. Investigators suspect that he was beaten by the carjacker or carjackers at some point between where the pickup truck was taken and where he was found.
The truck was later found at M. L. King and N.E. 27th in a convenience store parking lot. A 24-year-old man at the location was taken into custody on suspicion of being the person who stole the pickup. He was facing charges in connection with the events of July 28, but when the victim died on Aug. 7, it was announced that the current information will be amended to include the murder charge.
Oklahoma City police did not say whether the person they are looking for is suspected of being involved in what is now a murder investigation. Regardless, prosecutors will still be responsible for proving that the man currently in custody is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes with which he is charged. In the meantime, his criminal defense team will undoubtedly be reviewing all of the evidence that allegedly connects him to the crime.
Source: news9.com, “OKC Carjacking Suspect Now Faces Murder Charge After Victim Dies“, Xin Xin Liu, Aug. 10, 2015