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July 13, 2014

Victim’s name in alleged homicide released

GARBER, Okla. — Law enforcement officials have released the victim’s name, but are continuing to withhold her cause of death, in an alleged homicide in Garber on Saturday.

Garfield County sheriff’s deputies responded to the apartment of 26-year-old Chasity Hancock around 2 p.m., after her 4-year-old daughter was found wandering a street and neighbors discovered the woman lying on the floor of the apartment.

Hancock’s boyfriend, Christopher R. Sparks, 23, was arrested in Arizona on Saturday, after evidence in the apartment allegedly implicated him in the alleged homicide, according to Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles.

He said Sparks should go to court this week for a fugitive from justice charge and Oklahoma law enforcement officials will ask for him to waive extradition.

“If not, we’ll start proceedings to get him back here to Oklahoma,” Niles said.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials and a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy traveled to Arizona to talk with the suspect, according to Niles.

While Hancock’s cause of death was apparent, law enforcement officials are awaiting an official cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s office before it will be released to the public, he said.

A firearm was not used in the alleged homicide, Niles said.

The 4-year-old child, who is not related to Sparks, reportedly is in the custody of family members.

The sheriff’s office and OSBI are continuing to investigate.

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