Third arrest made in 2013 murder of Duchone Whitworth


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 2/22 10:35 pm Published: 2/22 10:22 pm


TULSA, Okla. - Police have made a third arrest in a 2013 murder case involving the death of Tulsa man, Duchone Whitworth.

Officers arrested Lyndon Baker Friday night.

Two others, Charles Johnson and Pauline Kauffeld, are already in jail for the crime.

Our FOX23 team went to the jail Saturday night to check into the facts of how police tracked the third suspect down.

Police often tell us their job is a marathon, not a sprint.

This case proves the point.

Investigators got wind of this homicide case while they were working to solve a north Tulsa quadruple murder in November.

Lydon Baker is now in jail after the hard work of the Tulsa Police Department, which understands connections in the meth world.

They found Baker at the Admiral flea market Friday night, a place where he frequently hung out.

Tulsa police asked the people at the flea market if they’ve seen Lyndon Baker, showing them a picture.

The flea market vendors said, "Yes we have. Numerous times. Numerous times out here,” said Tulsa resident June Zumbrun.

Members of the northern Oklahoma violent crimes task force were in the area of the market when they spotted Baker.

So they went to arrest him and when they did they tell FOX23 he said he was confused and didn't know why he was being handcuffed.

Little did he know he'd already been charged.

Baker was the third person arrested in the kidnapping and stabbing death of Duchone Whitworth.

Whitworth had been missing since October and in December police found his skeletal remains.

They connected the dots as detectives investigated another crime this meth-related quad murder in November.

Shortly after Whitworth’s remains were found, officers took Charles Johnson and Pauline Kauffeld into custody but Baker proved a little harder to track down, until Friday.

The Zumbruns are vendors at the flea market and say they even talked to Baker.

"He came up and was looking at the stuff we had to sell. He just looked like a normal person," said the Zumbruns.
Now they are glad he's behind bars.

FOX23 talked with homicide sergeant Dave Walker Saturday night about the arrest.

He said "murderers are pretty important people to put behind bars, so we keep looking for them."



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Unwashed Mass - 2/22/2014 10:47 PM
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Doesnt beating him up for the mugshot pretty much guarantee a change of venue?
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