Trial ordered in homicide case
A trial date for a local homicide suspect has been tentatively scheduled for this summer, while a material witness in the case is back behind bars.
Kenneth Nobles appeared in district court Tuesday for arraignment and pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder. He is accused of shooting 35-year-old Jonathan Shepherd in May 2013 during a dispute outside a northwest Lawton home. His relative, Carlos Melendez-Salazar, was with him at the time of the shooting, police say, and was previously held as a material witness and released on a $5,000 cash bond. Melendez-Salazar and Nobles have both been arrested since the filing of the murder charge for a range of offenses, including domestic assault, concealing stolen property and intimidating state witnesses, and court records show Melendez-Salazar appeared on new charges Tuesday.
Melendez-Salazar, 31, was arrested last week after a brief chase by police. When he was arrested, he allegedly had a large bag of methamphetamine along with a variety of pills, marijuana and paraphernalia. He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance along with other misdemeanor charges and ordered held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.