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4th suspect arrested in Altus killing

ALTUS  A fourth suspect was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with an Altus murder that occurred last month.

Melisha Ann Torres, 37, of Altus was taken into custody after a warrant was served in Jackson County District Court for felony murder and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, with her bond set at $500,000. Torres' arrest was made in connection with the Aug. 20 shooting death of 32-year-old Jared Allen Holmes at a residence at 408 N. Julian. His body was found two days later at a location along a rural road northwest of Frederick in Tillman County.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said Torres has been in the Jackson County Jail since Aug. 21 on charges unrelated to the homicide.

The police chief said Torres originally reported the homicide to Altus police on Aug. 21. Investigators now believe Torres assisted in setting up a drug deal in which another suspect, Marielle Trey Smith, 24, of Lawton, had intended to rob the victim, Holmes, and that Torres knew that a robbery would take place. Investigators believe Holmes was shot and killed on the night of Aug. 20 and that after the murder, Smith, his girlfriend Ryan McKenzie Fields, 22, of Lawton, and a third suspect, Marquis Deshawn Johnson, 23, address unknown, assisted in removing the body from the murder scene in Altus and moving it to the location near Frederick.

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