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April 4, 2014

Two more arrested in homicide case

NORMAN — Norman police, with assistance from the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, arrested two additional men Wednesday in the March 27 homicide of Justin Dean Barnard.

Officers took the two into custody under the authority of arrest warrants for the alleged crimes of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, first-degree murder and conspiracy. The arrests occurred in Oklahoma County at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The two men are identified as Gary M. Harris, 29, of Norman, and Montie Ray Jones, 45, of Jones. Officers booked both men into the Cleveland County jail around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The investigation remains active, and detectives anticipate additional arrests in the case.

Police previously arrested four individuals in connection to the shooting, including Jason Harris, Rusty Wooten, Isaiah Walker and Michael Tubby. They were booked March 28 into the Cleveland County Justice Center on complaints of first-degree murder and burglary.

The Cleveland County District Attorney’s office expects charges to be filed in connection with the homicide early next week.

Norman police believe the incident started the night of March 26 in Oklahoma City during a dispute between the victim and his girlfriend. According to reports, an assault was believed to have occurred.

The dispute continued March 27 and escalated to the shooting and subsequent death of Barnard. Persons associated with the victim’s girlfriend are believed to have come to Norman in retaliation for the alleged assault March 26.

Preliminary investigation revealed that three vehicles pulled up next to the residence and several masked men emerged, kicked in the door to the home and shot Barnard in the face with a handgun.

The intruders reportedly took a woman’s wallet and left. The woman, who is in her 60s, also was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure but was uninjured.

Barnard’s family has set up an account at Chase Bank to help cover funeral costs.

Graveside services will be today at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Arrangements are being made by McMahan’s Funeral Home, where donations also can be made.

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