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Altus police arrest man in February homicide

Manuel Daniel Jr., 44, is accused of killing Melissa Bost, 49, who was found stabbed to death in an Altus alley in late February.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: May 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm •  Published: May 26, 2012

— Police said they cracked the mysterious case of an Altus woman found stabbed to death in a parked vehicle in February.

A warrant was issued Thursday in Jackson County District Court for the arrest of Manuel Daniel Jr., 44, of Altus, who is accused of killing Melissa Bost, 49.

Bost died from sharp force trauma to her head and neck, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Her body was found Feb. 27 in a red Dodge Nitro parked in an alley in Altus.

The warrant was served Friday on Daniel in Jackson County jail, where he was booked two days after Bost's death on unrelated charges.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said investigators searched Daniel's home at 907 S Baucum in March and found evidence that linked him to the crime.

A formal charge of first-degree murder was filed after the results of a forensic lab test came in last week, Murphy said.

Murphy would not say Saturday what evidence linked Daniel to the crime, but that the test results indicated Bost was killed at Daniel's home.

Murphy said police have not recovered the murder weapon.

Court records indicate Daniel pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of controlled dangerous substance in 2006. has disabled the comments for this article.