, Muskogee, OK

January 15, 2014

Man arrested here in Tulsa slaying

By Anita Reding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Tulsa man arrested in Muskogee is being held without bond in the Tulsa County jail on a first-degree murder complaint.

Marquis Morris, 31, was taken into custody less than four hours after being named as a suspect in a fatal shooting and named as a suspect in an Amber Alert issued by Tulsa Police.

Morris was arrested on Shawnee Bypass about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police made the arrest after receiving a call from an individual who identified Morris and provided a description and location of the vehicle, Muskogee 911 logs state. Morris was then transported to the Tulsa County Jail by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, said Muskogee Police Cpl. Michael Mahan. Morris was booked into the Tulsa County Jail at 2:07 a.m. Wednesday, jail reports state.

Two people were in the vehicle with Morris when he was apprehended in Muskogee. Tiana McDonald, 27, was arrested and booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on suspicion of driving under suspension. She was released Wednesday morning, a jail representative said. The other person in the vehicle was not taken into custody.

At 6:39 p.m., Tuesday, Tulsa Police were called to 215 W. Fairview St. regarding a shooting on a third floor apartment, states a media release from Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker.

First responders arrived and found a 36-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound.

“The initial information named Marquis Morris as a possible suspect,” the release states.

The victim lived at the apartment with a woman and her child, an 11-year-old girl.

Morris was the woman’s ex-boyfriend. All of the individuals inside the apartment were acquainted. Neither the victim nor the suspect were the biological father of the child, according to the release.

Morris fled the scene in a black sport utility vehicle and the child left with Morris, the release states.

An Amber Alert, listing the girl as the victim and Morris as the suspect, was then issued by Tulsa Police. The Amber Alert  stated that Morris was also wanted for questioning in reference to a homicide and might be armed. The girl’s age was listed as 12 in the Amber Alert.

The child was dropped off at a Quick Trip on East 61st Street in Tulsa about 9:45 p.m., the release states.

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