Oklahoma man sought in death of father arrested in Texas

In this booking photo provided by the Denton County, Texas, Sheriff's Office is Jacob Barber on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Barber, an Oklahoma man who was being sought as a suspect in the stabbing death of his father, has been arrested in Texas. Barber is being held in the Denton County jail on a murder charge and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma. (Denton County, Texas, Sheriff's Office via AP)

MOORE — The father found dead from stab wounds in his Moore home Sunday and the son who allegedly murdered him were known to have had a "volatile" relationship, according to a court affidavit.

Jacob Allen Barber, who was arrested in Texas Wednesday and is now awaiting extradition to Oklahoma on a charge of first-degree murder, got into verbal disputes with his father, Glenn Barber, 48, according to Carlos Robinson, detective with the Moore Police Department. Robinson also wrote in the probable cause affidavit that Jacob Barber had struggled with mental illness and refused to take his medication.

"The suspect and defendant argued daily and had a volatile relationship," Robinson said in the affidavit. "The suspect has been to several mental institutions but refuses to take his prescribed medication."

Glenn Barber was the former kids pastor at First Moore Baptist Church. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Moore Baptist Worship Center.

Visitation was held Friday at John Ireland Funeral Home. The family requested a private service with family and friends and asked that media not be present before, during or after the ceremony.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Barber family with a memorial fund in Glenn's honor.

"While there are many details around his death that we do not know, we do know that he knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and he is without a doubt experiencing the heaven that he spent years telling thousands of kids about," a First Moore Baptist Church statement reads. "Glenn was passionate about reaching kids for Jesus and he used that passion to reach kids in ways that were extraordinary -- whether through magic tricks, illusions or eating fire, he found a way to connect to kids and to connect them to the Gospel. He was an amazing encourager and a mentor to many."

Moore police suspect Glenn Barber died sometime between midnight and noon on Sunday. The affidavit states officers were called to his home, in which Jacob Barber also lived, at 208 N. Morgan, after family member located Glenn inside.

A medical examiner responded to the scene and noted that the victim appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds.

At that point, officers began searching for Jacob, who was not at home. The only thing missing from the scene was Glenn's 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, according to the affidavit.

When MPD issued a public appeal for information on Jacob's whereabouts, it mentioned that he might be driving that vehicle. Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said the vehicle was later located in Denton, Texas, on Tuesday.

Initially, he was named a person of interest. By the end of Monday, a warrant for his arrest had been issued out of Cleveland County.

Early Wednesday morning, the Roanoke Police Department in Texas reported its officers were called to the local PetSmart for a suspicious person. There, they found a man later identified as Jacob laying on his backpack and propped up against the outside of the building.

He was taken to Denton County Jail. Lewis said investigators from Moore traveled to Denton and interviewed Jacob on Wednesday.

Extradition could take several days or weeks, depending on how the case unfolds, Lewis said.

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