Suspect in Maryland slayings is hospitalized in Oklahoma City for overdose

Matthew Charles Long, 31, is accused of killing his elderly grandparents in Baltimore and then driving to Oklahoma, where he attempted suicide in a Weatherford hotel room, police said.
by Tim Willert Published: September 18, 2012

Police contacted authorities in Baltimore, who had entered Long's name into a national missing persons database.

Long was treated for a drug overdose at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

He remained in the hospital's intensive care unit Monday and was being guarded by Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies, hospital officials and police authorities said.

“His medical condition has prevented us from conducting our interviews with him and completing our investigation,” Baltimore County police Cpl. Cathy Batton said.

Oklahoma City police investigators, after meeting last week with detectives from Baltimore County, obtained a search warrant and took fingernail and blood samples from Long in the hospital, court records show.

Batton declined to comment on the results of the samples. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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