Numerous Charges Filed Against Willie Haughton, Including Two Counts of Murder

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney has filed charges against Willie Haughton, the suspect behind two homicides in Springfield.

Haughton has been charged with:

Two counts of Murder 1st Degree 
Three counts of Armed Criminal Action 
Robbery – 1st Degree 
Two counts of Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm
Failure To Appear – Felony 

Springfield Police arrested Willie, who was 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 a car stop that ended in Haughton’s arrest.

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. 

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. 

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