The Ardmore Police Department has identified and apprehended a suspect in connection with a recent homicide investigation.
APD Capt. Eric Hamblin said officers received notification that the victim’s stolen truck had been spotted in Spring Dale, Arkansas on Nov. 20. The vehicle was recovered by law enforcement in the area and Hamblin and Sgt. Brice Woolly reportedly traveled to Spring Dale to assist in the processing of the vehicle.
"We did some more interviews and discovered that we had a suspect that had been seen in the vehicle," Hamblin said. Through further investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect as 54-year-old Jack Latham.
Trace evidence of blood, hair and fibers were reportedly recovered from the suspect’s clothing.
Latham is currently being held in the Benton County Jail in Arkansas for his alleged role in the death of Martin Lucas, 63, of Ardmore. "We do believe that Jack Latham is our suspect, (that) he’s the one who committed this murder and that’s what he’s been arrested for," Hamblin said.
Hamblin said Lucas was discovered deceased inside his Ardmore residence located near Q St. NW on Friday, Nov. 15. Hamblin said there was evidence of blunt-force trauma all over the victim’s body— injuries which resembled those of someone who had jumped off a building.
"It was a fairly gruesome crime scene," Hamblin said. The victim and the suspect are believed to have known each other, however, Hamblin said officers are still determining a possible motive in the killing.
Latham has reportedly moved across state lines several times within the past year, but has also been an Ardmore resident at certain points, Hamblin said.
"We know that about a month ago he was living in Washington state. He has also lived in Spring Dale, Ark. earlier this year," Hamblin said. "About a month ago he moved to Enid. He came from Enid to Ardmore last Monday."
At this time, Hamblin said Latham was the only suspect in the case, however, officers are investigating further possibilities.
District Attorney Craig Ladd filed charges for first-degree murder against Latham on Nov. 22, according to Carter County court documents, and Hamblin said the victim’s family has been notified.
"I think that the family is very relieved that somebody is in jail," Hamblin said. "Sgt. Brice Woolly has worked his tail off, as well as the other investigators in this unit and I’m very proud of these guys, they’re top notch. This investigation is far from over. We may have other arrests, we just don’t know."
If found guilty, Latham faces death, imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for life without parole.