9:25 a.m. David Lee Baird, 63, of 1717 Irwin Ave., was arrested on a homicide complaint and is being held in the Lawton city jail, a city records division supervisor said Friday morning. Baird was arrested in the death of a woman whose body was found in his backyard buried. Officials have not released her name.
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LAWTON — Police would not release the name of a man arrested Thursday after they found a woman's body buried in his backyard.
The man was arrested at a hotel he checked into after officers got a warrant to search his Lawton home, police said.
The state's Open Records Act requires the names of those arrested be released. Violating the act is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of as much as $500 and up to a year in jail.
According to a statement from Lawton police, someone called Tuesday to report a woman missing. The woman reportedly had been abused by her husband in the past. Police went to the woman's house in the 1700 block of NW Irwin Ave., but her husband refused to let them in the house.
An investigator returned to the home the next day, and the man let officers enter the home. The woman was not there, but police noticed blood on the walls and the floor.
Police got a search warrant and returned Wednesday night to search. In the backyard, police found an old aboveground pool with tires on it. They moved the tires, lifted the pool and found freshly disturbed dirt and a dark plastic bag that had a foul odor.
They waited to examine the area until sunrise, when they found a body inside the bag.
Police have not identified the victim and are awaiting confirmation from the state medical examiner's office. Officers then went to the hotel where the suspect was staying and arrested him.
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