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Lawton man to stand trial in wife’s death

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 22, 2014

LAWTON — A judge in Comanche County has ruled there’s sufficient evidence for a Lawton man to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife.

David Baird is also charged with desecration of a corpse, unlawful removal of a body and forgery of a certificate of title in the death of 36-year-old Claudine Marroquin. Police discovered Marroquin’s body buried in Baird’s backyard and covered with a swimming pool liner and tires.

At a hearing Wednesday, Comanche County Special District Court Judge Ken Harris ruled Baird could stand trial on the charges and set a June 10 arraignment.

Baird’s attorney, Ronald Williams, argued there wasn’t enough direct evidence linking his client to Marroquin’s death.

An autopsy report released Wednesday to a local newspaper showed Marroquin died from asphyxiation. has disabled the comments for this article.