Investigators: two men used bleach in attempt to clean bloody OKC murder scene
Two men tried to use bleach and other products to clean blood from a murder scene last month in Oklahoma City, authorities said.
On Monday, U.S. Marshals and Oklahoma City police arrested Marquis Lamel Hartfield, 30, and Randall Lamont Sanders, 43, on murder complaints for their alleged involvement in the Feb. 7 murder of Raimonido Crittendon, 59.
Oklahoma City police found Crittendon dead around 1:45 p.m. in his apartment in the 4500 block of Sunnyview Drive in south Oklahoma City.
Investigators said Crittendon was known to smoke PCP with Hartfield and Sanders.
Authorities were told Crittendon’s apartment was normally kept clean, according to an Oklahoma City police detective, in an arrest warrant.
When they arrived, authorities found Crittendon’s apartment bloody and ransacked.
Blood was found on the floor and walls of the entryway, and on the bathroom floor, walls, toilet and bathtub.
Investigators found Crittendon’s body in the bathtub, with several towels, an empty bottle of Sta-Flo liquid starch and a smoke detector piled on top of him. He smelled like his body was saturated with bleach and other cleaning products, the detective said.
Investigators found dried blood on the bathroom floor, which they said indicated an attempt to clean it with the nearby towels. On top of the dried blood was a clean plastic bag covering the handle of a plunger. On top of the bag was an empty bleach bottle, according to the arrest warrant.
Investigators also found an empty bottle of Fabuloso all-purpose cleaner on the toilet tank. Two fingerprints from Sanders were discovered on the bottle, according to the arrest warrant.
Authorities said they found six fingerprints from Sanders on a glass globe found on top of the toilet lid.
Hartfield’s right palm print was identified in the blood on the bathtub where Crittendon’s body was found, the detective said. His blood was also found on a blue cookie tin in the kitchen, according to the arrest warrant.
Clothes had been moved from the bedroom to the living room, investigators said. Pieces of furniture had been removed. Drawers were rummaged through. Cabinets were open.
The Oklahoma City Police Department asked U.S. Marshals for help in locating Hartfield and Sanders, who were listed as transients on an arrest warrant.
Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, authorities arrested Sanders at his girlfriend’s apartment at 5535 S Sunnylane Rd. Shortly after, Hartfield was arrested at 5029 Federal Ct. in Oklahoma City.
“They were both arrested without incident,” said U.S. Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman of the Western District of Oklahoma
On Tuesday, they were being held at the Oklahoma County jail.