Murder Suspect Haughton Arrested Early Friday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield Police have arrested a man suspected of committing two murders earlier this month.  Willie Haughton, 24, was arrested early Friday morning near Maple Street and Moore Road.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook that deputies assisted in Haughton’s arrest about 2:00 a.m.

Springfield police spent 16 hours Thursday surrounding a house on Bolivar Road, believing Haughton was inside.  Three other people were arrested, but police left that house around 11:00 p.m, without finding Haughton. 

Police Lt. David Meyer tells KOLR10 News after officers left the house on Bolivar Road, they developed more information that Haughton might be at a house in the 3300 block of W. Farm Road 148 just outside the southwest Springfield city limits.

When officers and deputies got to the house, they called on Haughton to come out, which he did. He was taken into custody without incident.

Haughton is a suspect in two recent murders, one occurring March 27, and the other on April 1. 

On March 27, police were called to 1026 West Florida Street, just north of Commercial Street.  Police say they found 30-year-old Lance E. Loveless, of Springfield, dead, slumped over the wheel of a car parked in the backyard with a gunshot wound.

And on Sunday, April 1, the body of Robert C. Hewitt, 49, of Springfield, was found in a vehicle behind a house at 1032 E. Commercial Street.

When police got there just before 3:00 p.m., they found Hewitt dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Both shootings are being handled as homicide cases. 

Charges have not yet been filed in either homicide case and both investigations are ongoing. 

This is a developing story – more information will be posted as it becomes available.

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