CLAREMORE, Okla. — A suspect is in custody after Claremore's second homicide of the year.

A call asking for a welfare check led Claremore Police Department to find the victim, 51-year old Mark McKinney, in his residence on the 500 block of North Dorothy on Sunday.

Hours later a suspect was in custody.

"Claremore Police arrested 53-year-old Michael Eugene Spears in connection with the murder of Mark McKinney. Spears was arrested for first degree murder and conjoint robbery," CPD stated. "Investigators learned that McKinney was a visitor to Spear’s home when an altercation ensued, resulting in McKinney being killed with a sword.

CPD reports that 49-year-old Larry Gene McCoy Sr. "came to the Spears home after McKinney was murdered. Spears and McCoy took property from McKinney’s body after his death so both were arrested for robbery."

CPD said they believe this is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to the residents of Claremore.

CPD said the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.


Baron writes for Claremore Progress, a CNHI News Service publication.

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