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Victim identified, 2 arrested in Claremore homicide

Claremore Police arrested 53-year-old Michael Spears Sunday night in connection with McKinney's murder. Spears is facing charges of first degree murder and conjoint robbery. (KTUL)

The Claremore Police Department has arrested the suspect who killed a man inside a home Sunday morning.

Claremore Police identify the victim as 51-year-old Mark McKinney.

According to police, they were asked to do a well-being check at a home near North Dorothy Avenue and East 7th Street around 6:30 a.m. When they performed a search they found the body of a deceased man.

"It is terrifying that literally something happened like 137 yards from my house," neighbor Scott Tubbs said.

In a city of less than 20,000 no one expects to hear about a homicide.

"We leave our rake outside, I've left my backpack outside overnight, nothing has come up missing or even messed with," neighbor Desiree Arneecher said. "It is very, very quiet. It seemed very safe and I am hoping that it still is."

It is the second homicide of the year for Claremore, up two from last year.

"There was somebody that was concerned, I don't know who it was, they called police to just have them check on everybody and when officers got there they found a deceased male," Deputy Chief Steve Cox said.

Cox says the area is typically quiet.

"Not a lot of activity going on at this time, so kind of out of the norm," Cox said.

Scott Tubbs lives across the street and says he has seen a lot of drug activity at the home where the homicide happened.

"We've seen drug transactions go on in the park," Tubbs said. "So i guess it doesn't surprise me that something has happened."

Claremore Police arrested 53-year-old Michael Spears Sunday night in connection with McKinney's murder. Spears is facing charges of first degree murder and conjoint robbery.

Investigators found out McKinney was visiting Spears' home when they got in an argument. Police say Spears stabbed McKinney with a sword, killing him.

According to officers, 49-year-old Larry McCoy Sr. came to Spears' home after the murder. Spears and McCoy robbed McKinney's body.

McCoy Sr. and Spears were both arrested for robbery.

The medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of McKinney’s death.

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