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March 1, 2013

Former Enid man charged with murder in shooting

A first-degree murder charge was filed Friday against a former Enid man in the Dec. 22 shooting death of Heath Crites.

Ronnie Eugene Fuston, in custody in Oklahoma County Jail, was charged with the capital offense and faces death, imprisonment for life or life without parole.

The charges came after more than two months of investigation by Enid Police Department detectives.

“Investigators have been working tirelessly on this extremely difficult case,” EPD Capt. Jack Morris said. “Investigators have concluded Mr. Fuston was the individual responsible and submitted an affidavit to have charges filed with the district attorney’s office.”

Morris said detectives worked “diligently” in preparing the case against Fuston. The investigation also led to two other men being charged as accessories after the fact in an Oklahoma City murder.

Fuston currently is in custody in Oklahoma County on another complaint of first-degree murder. Along with the charges filed in Garfield County, a no-bond warrant was filed for Fuston’s arrest.

According to the affidavit filed in the Garfield County case, police responded at 2:18 a.m. Dec. 22 to 301 E. Columbia, in reference to a possible homicide.

When officers arrived, they found Crites lying dead on his living room floor with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. Police recovered shell casings from the living room that were found to have been shot from a .45-caliber Taurus firearm.

Oklahoma City police, investigating an Oct. 20, 2012, murder in Oklahoma City, learned the gun used in that homicide may have been hidden in Enid. Oklahoma City and Enid police compared shell casings from both homicides and found the same gun was used in both crimes, according to the affidavit.

Fuston was arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the Oklahoma City murder.

The day of his arrest, Fuston contacted Treylon A. Haley from jail and asked Haley to go to his mother’s house in Enid and get rid of those “hammers,” which is slang for guns, according to the affidavit. Enid police learned Fuston used to live with his mother at 321 E. Wabash.

EPD Detective Tim Doyle interviewed Haley on Jan. 10. He told police he’d received a call from Fuston asking him to get rid of some guns.

Haley initially denied moving the guns, but later admitted he called someone named “Ant,” who then contacted Ivan Williamson to move the guns, according to the affidavit. Haley showed Doyle a Facebook message from Williamson in which Williamson stated he got rid of the guns, according to the affidavit.

Doyle spoke with Williamson, who said he’d been contacted by Haley, who was asked to get rid of two guns by Fuston, according to the affidavit.

One of the guns was at Fuston’s mother’s house and the other was located in a vehicle parked in a lot at 6th and Ohio. Williamson told Doyle he picked up both guns, one a Taurus .45-caliber handgun and the other a Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun, according to the affidavit.

Williamson told Doyle he contacted Haley via Facebook and told him he had moved the guns and they were taken care of, according to the affidavit. Williamson said he sold one of the guns to Casey Oakley.

Doyle then spoke with Oakley, and a .45-caliber Taurus PT 24/7 handgun with the serial number filed down was turned over to the Enid Police Department, according to the affidavit. The gun then was turned over to the Oklahoma City Criminalistics lab for comparisons to shell casings from the Crites murder and the Oklahoma City murder. After testing, the lab found the gun was used at both crime scenes, according to the affidavit.

Williamson also told police on or about Dec. 30, 2012, he was with Fuston and Fuston told him he had shot the man on Columbia, according to the affidavit. He said Fuston asked him if he had heard about the shooting and when Williamson said he had, Fuston pointed to himself and said he shot the man, according to the affidavit.

Williamson said Fuston gave him several details about how he had shot Crites, according to the affidavit. Detectives confirmed those details with evidence collected at the crime scene, as well as through their investigation.

Fuston is being held without bond in Oklahoma County, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 5.

Haley, 19, and Williamson, 21, have been charged in Garfield County as accessory after the fact in the Oklahoma City murder. They have bond appearances set for April 8.

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