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Asphyxiation cited as cause

A woman whose body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of a Lawton home probably died of asphyxiation from being smothered with plastic bags, the state medical examiner said in a reported released Wednesday.

State Medical Examiner Marc Harrison determined 36-year-old Claudine Marroquin died a "violent death," according to the autopsy report.

Marroquin's body was found in the backyard of her husband, David Lee Baird, at 1717 NW Irwin on Sept. 12. 

"She was wrapped in a black plastic bag with two plastic bags over her head and electrical cord tied around her ankles," Harrison wrote in his report. 

Harrison described Marroquin as being in "a moderate to advanced stage of decomposition with the head tied with one plastic bag (two pieces), and another large plastic bag." A cut piece of colored cloth with the drawstring attached was found "lying loosely under the neck," the report states. No gross external injuries, such as bruising or scrapes, were noted by the examiner. 

Baird is accused of asphyxiating Marroquin to death on or around Aug. 31, removing her body and desecrating her corpse by partially burying her body in a plastic bag and then covering the impromptu grave with a swimming pool liner and old tires in an attempt to cover up the crime, according to court documents.

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