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Sheriff: Joplin Man Arrested For The Murder Of Oklahoma Prison Escapee

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Christopher Jones [Newton County Sheriff's Office] Christopher Jones [Newton County Sheriff's Office]
Lanny Holman [Oklahoma Department of Corrections] Lanny Holman [Oklahoma Department of Corrections]
JOPLIN, Missouri -

The Newton County Sheriff's Office in southwest Missouri has arrested a Joplin man on a second-degree murder complaint stemming from the death of a 57-year-old Oklahoma prison escapee.

He is identified as Christopher Jones, 44.

On Tuesday, August 8th, deputies found the body of Lanny Holman wrapped in a sheet in a road side ditch south of Joplin.  The sheriff's office say an autopsy report stated Holman died from injuries obtained in an apparent beating.  

8/10/2017 Related Story: Oklahoma Prison Escapee's Body Found Near Joplin

On Thursday, August 10th, deputies searched a Joplin home and found blood as well as other evidence in a bedroom.  

Sheriff Chris Jennings said that evidence as well as evidence from the scene of where the body was found provided sufficient probable cause to arrest Jones.  

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Lanny Holman walked away halfway house in Oklahoma City in January 2017.  The DOC says Holman was serving a sentence out of Beckham County.

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