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August 23, 2013

Investigation continue in recent homicides, police say

McALESTER —

Police say they are still searching for clues in two of the three homicides that occurred within 38 hours of each other during the weekend of Aug. 10.

During that time, one man was found dead after a possible assault, another died allegedly after being assaulted and a third man died after being hit while riding in his wheelchair on Carl Albert Parkway, police say.

Police say first-degree manslaughter charges have been filed in one of the cases, but they are still investigating the other two.

“We are waiting for the medical examiner’s report for one of the cases and we’ve had no breaks in the other,”  McAlester Police Det. Kevin Hearod said Friday.

Police say they are waiting for a medical examiner’s report before deciding whether to pursue charges in the death of Roland Manfred Guttke, 46, of McAlester. Guttke died Aug. 11 at a Tulsa hospital after he was allegedly assaulted at a home at 922 E. Comanche Ave. on Aug. 9, according to Hearod.

The police detective said that when police arrived after an 11 p.m. 911 call, they found Guttke bleeding from the back of the head. Evidence collected at the scene included a broken wooden bat and a bloody towel, according to a police report.

In  the second case, police say they are looking at video surveillance for clues into the alleged Aug. 10 beating death of Nathan Hiram Oneal, 40, of McAlester.

Oneal’s body was reportedly found by witnesses who contacted police in the afternoon of Aug. 11. Police estimate he died sometime between Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. and noon the following day, according Hearod.

The case is being called a homicide-murder and non-negligent manslaughter, according to a police report.

Hearod said it appeared the man may have been beaten to death but the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. He said foul play is suspected. 

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