By Jeanne LeFlore
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.
Oneal’s body was found under a bridge on Cherokee Avenue and North Main Street, near the McAlester Recycling Center, according to the report.
Meanwhile first-degree manslaughter charges were filed Aug. 12 in Pittsburg County District Court against 18-year-old Keaton Bishop Lozano, of McAlester, in the death of Harvey Lee Crapo, 68.
Lozano is accused of driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance when he allegedly hit Crapo with his vehicle on Carl Albert Parkway on the evening of Aug. 9. Crapo was in a motorized wheelchair at the time, charges allege.
Lozano, 18, was charged for first-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor possession of a controlled dangerous substance, marijuana, in connection with the death, according to a court affidavit filed in Pittsburg County District Court.
After the accident, police allegedly found Lozano walking out of a Sinclair store at 1400 Carl Albert Blvd., the affidavit states. Lozano’s vehicle was parked in front of the store with its airbags deployed and with front-end damage, according to the affidavit.
Officers allegedly found marijuana in Lozano’s pockets and he allegedly tested at 0.12 blood alcohol level, according to the affidavit.
If convicted, Lozano faces no less than four years in prison and a fines of up to $1,000. He is currently being held in Pittsburg County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
McAlester Police Chief Gary Wansick said the three homicides occurring in such a short of a time span is highly unusual.
“We usually more like one a year, if that,” Wansick said.
Anyone with any information on the cases is asked to contact McAlester police at 918-423-1212.
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at firstname.lastname@example.org.