Suspects in man’s death apprehended

By Kathleen Guill -


UPDATE — Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy updated the story of a man found dead in Tillman County Aug. 22.

The man that Altus police believe is responsible for the shooting death of-32-year old Jared Allen Holmes has been apprehended. Altus police were notified late Thursday evening that 24-year-old Marielle Trey Smith and his female accomplice, 22-year-old Ryan McKenzie Fields, were taken into custody by the United States Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.

The suspects were located and taken into custody at an apartment complex on or near N.W. 122nd Street in Oklahoma City. The two were transported back to Altus early Friday morning where investigators conductec interviews with the two suspects.

Murphy said a vehicle belonging to the victim, 32-year-old Jared Allen Holmes was located in Lawton Aug. 28.

Altus police were notified by the Lawton police department that the vehicle belonging to Holmes had been recovered from a residence in Lawton, Murphy said. Police believe the suspect , 24-year-old Marielle Trey Smith and an accomplice took the vehicle, 2002 Black Chev Tahoe, to a residence in West Lawton and parked in the garage.

The homeowner became suspicious and realized police had been searching for the Tahoe. She then contacted Lawton police. Police will continue to investigate what knowledge, if any, the homeowner has about the homicide or stolen vehicle.

On Aug. 29 the vehicle was transported back to Altus to be processed by investigators and an arrest warrant wasissued through the Jackson County District Court on the suspect’s accomplice, 22-year-old Ryan McKenzie Fields.

Investigators believe Fields assisted in the murder of Jared Allen Holmes and helped Marielle Trey Smith clean the crime scene and dispose of the victim’s body. Investigators believe Fields and Smith took the victim’s vehicle to Lawton shortly before the crime was reported to Altus police on the morning of Monday Aug. 21.

Smith’s bond has been set at $500,000 and Field’s bond has been set at $250,000. The two suspects are being held at the Jackson County Jail.


By Kathleen Guill

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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