Routine traffic stop by Oklahoma City police nets slaying suspect

A man wanted in connection with the March homicide of a 27-year-old woman found dead in a burning car was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday, Oklahoma City police said. Police say two homicides that occurred the same day are being investigated as related crimes.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: June 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm •  Published: June 26, 2013

A routine traffic stop this week led to an arrest in the homicide of a woman found dead in a burning car.

Police and firefighters found Laquisha Danielle Towers, 27, in a car engulfed in flames early March 2 at Willow Cliff Apartments, in the 5400 block of Willow Cliff Road, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Tuesday, an Oklahoma City police officer pulled over a car on SW 44 near S May Avenue. The officer discovered the passenger, Ernest Williams, 31, had an active murder warrant from Oklahoma City.

The officer arrested Williams, who is described in a police incident report as a transient. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday, a jail official said.

Court documents detailing the investigation into Towers' death are sealed, Nelson said. The investigation into the homicide continues.

Two homicides happened March 2 that police consider related crimes, Nelson said.

About five hours before Towers was found dead, Raheem Murphy, 22, was stabbed at The Office, a club at 5929 N May Ave. He later died.

Ricky Cooper, 32, was arrested in connection with Murphy's death.

Police believe the crimes are related to gang activity, Nelson said.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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